Welcoming the rail budget laying thrust on safety, cleanliness, passenger amenities and capacity augmentation, besides announcements for modernisation, including setting up of modern logistic parks, warehouses for freight storage, temperature controlled storage for fruits and vegetables, Dalip Sharma, director, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, described the rail budget for 2014-15 as growth oriented since it lays emphasis on re-building railways through public-private-partnership mode, including inviting foreign capital with FDI route.
While welcoming the decision of introducing four new trains for Punjab, Sharma said, “Punjab being a landlocked state, industry is looking forward to have better connectivity. Dedicated freight corridors, connecting major industrial towns, need to be expedited,” added Sharma.
Sharma added, “The announcements, made in railway budget, will enhance infrastructure and generate employment opportunities in the railways.”
Pikender Pal Singh, regional director, CII northern region, said, “In the railway budget, there are specific projects and trains for the benefit of northern region.” Singh welcomed the tie-up between government of India and government of Jammu and Kashmir for bridging Udhampur-Banihal portion by bus so that passengers can reach Srinagar with one single ticket from origin to destination.
“These initiatives will give much-needed fillip to the tourism sector of the northern region. Besides, tourist trains from Rameshwaram covering pilgrimages and tourist places like Ayodhya, Varanasi and Haridwar are being proposed,” Singh added