Work on freight corridor soon
RAILWAY MINISTER Lalu Prasad Yadav announced here today that gauge conversion would be complete by the end of 2007 and work on the dedicated freight corridor would begin next month.india Updated: May 20, 2006 00:11 IST
Railway minister flags off new broad gauge train
RAILWAY MINISTER Lalu Prasad Yadav announced here today that gauge conversion would be complete by the end of 2007 and work on the dedicated freight corridor would begin next month.
Yadav was addressing a large gathering on the occasion of flagging off of the first broad gauge train on Kanpur-Farrukhabad railway line at Anwarganj railway station. The minister flagged off the train at 4 pm by pulling the lever signalling the drive to chug off.
Yadav said that in the first phase, the dedicated freight corridor would be laid between Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai route. He said that a separate railway line for transportation of goods would not only increase the profit of the Railways but would also reduce the burden on the passengers.
He said it had been experienced that fare had to be raised to run the railways till two years ago but it was he who decided not to increase the burden on the passengers and to streamline the goods train service in the country. He said that logistic parks would be set up soon by the railways and railway containers would be at the disposal of the people even at the village level to transport goods to any place in the country.
It was for the first time that the Indian Railways had registered a profit of Rs 11,300 crore in the last fiscal, he said, adding that the Railways had targeted a profit of Rs 20,000 crore. He expressed hope that the target would be achieved if the railway officials continued to work with honesty and dedication.
Yadav said, “I have made a pledge to bring the railways to world’s number 1 spot from number three place at present.”
He also said that the garib rath proposed in the budget would be started next month as the coaches meant for the train were being manufactured. He said that besides 25 per cent less fare against the normal AC three-tier coaches, the train would comprise of 24 coaches and would have two engines.
Reminiscing about the day when he was sworn in as Railway Minister, Lalu said that there were allegations that Lalu had eaten fodder and he would also eat up the Railways but he had proved himself to be the most successful railway minister.
Later, while talking to mediapersons at the Circuit House, Lalu said that the Railways was ready to bear 50 per cent cost of any overbridge in the country, provided the sharing partner — be it State government or the National Highway Authority of India — was ready to bear the rest of the cost.
The function was presided over by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sri Prakash Jaiswal. MP Radhey Shyam Korey, MLAs Sanjeev Dariyabadi, Ajay Kapoor, Prem Lata Katiyar and hordes of senior railway officials were also present on the occasion.
First Published: May 20, 2006 00:11 IST