Govt keen on electrifying Indian railways, says Piyush Goyal
Piyush Goyal slammed political parties opposing the bullet train project, Mumbai to Gujarat, citing them as being against development.pune Updated: Jun 12, 2018 15:46 IST
Pune We have received a legacy of an unsafe Indian Railways from our predecessors,” said Piyush Goyal, minister of railways and coal, government of India.
He was addressing a press conference via video conference from New Delhi on the completion of four years of the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Goyal said, “We received a huge backlog with many loopholes as far as safety in the Indian railways is concerned. However, we are trying to fill on all the gaps and are trying to change it to a better and safe mode of transport.”
“Safety has been our primary concern and we are using all the safety funds to further improve the track infrastructure,” he added.
Speaking about the achievement of union government in the railways Goyal said, “In the last three years we have electrified as much as 30, 000 km of railway line. The government is focusing on electrification of the Indian railway network.
“My mission is 100% electrification. Electricity is a domestic and self-sufficient resource whereas we have to import diesel. Railways is investing Rs 16,000 crore every year in diesel consumption. So, I will save Rs 8,000-10,000 crore.”
He further added, “In three years we have installed free wi-fi at 675 stations. Google, who partnered in the project, has completed its target of installing wi-fi at 400 stations, even before its deadline. Also, we have worked towards connecting remotest of the village with the Indian railways by extending our railway line network.”
Piyush Goyal slammed political parties opposing the bullet train project, Mumbai to Gujarat, citing them as being against development.
He said, “It is unfortunate that we have some people in India who are against the progress of the nation. Nevertheless, we are committed towards development at par with International standards.”
Speaking about development in the coal sector Goyal said, “State-owned Coal India's output increased by 105 million tonnes (MT) in the last four years to reach 567 MT in 2017-18. Coal India’s output has increased from 462 MT in 2013-14 to 567 MT in 2017-18.”
"What used to happen in eight years has happened in four years. This 105 MT increase in production in four years took almost seven years to achieve before 2013-14. The increase in production was made possible due to the coordinated efforts of both the ministries viz. coal and railways,” added Goyal