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Lalu's rail exploits inspire GE CEO

The Rly Minister got a pat on the back from GE Transport CEO Jeffrey Immelt.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 12:03 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Indian Railways' 'turnaround' man Lalu Prasad Yadav got a pat on the back from global giant GE Transport's chairman Jeffrey R Immeltwho lauded the Railway Minister's initiatives in achieving this objective.

"This is a music to my ears that Rail Bhawan is now talking about unit costs, volume increase and competition.... We did the same thing in 1980s to save US Railways," Immelt said in an interaction with Prasad at Rail Bhawan on Wednesday.

The visiting chairman of the US mega engineering company told the Railway Minister that he was impressed with the Railways turnaround and wanted to know how it was achieved in such a limited time, ministry sources said.

"He was very much excited to know about Railways turn around. About budget initiatives, about dedicated freight corridors, permission to private companies to run container train services, public-private partnership in construction of multi-model logistic parks, inland container depot, rail side warehouse, wagon on leasing and other initiatives," they said.

Prasad, they said, had apprised in detail to Immelt about all these curiosities as also state of the art signalling and telecommunication system being used in Indian Railways.

Immelt said he has been visiting India for some years but visited the Rail Bhawan for the first time.

However, the ministry sources said that it was an "exploratory" kind of meeting and no business was discussed.

First Published: May 31, 2006 22:12 IST