Mumbai-Delhi trains will soon reach a speed of 200 kmph, says Suresh Prabhu
“In countries like Japan and China the railway sector is developing very fast. In India, development of railways has just started. This sector will be completely transformed in the next five years in India. We are trying to reach a speed of up to 200 kilometres per hour on the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Kolkata routes,” said railway minister Suresh Prabhu.pune Updated: Jul 17, 2017 14:27 IST
Increasing investment in the railway sector is the need of the hour and to achieve the same there are plans being made to enhance the railway budget,said railway minister Suresh Prabhu.
Prabhu was in the city on Sunday to be part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) . Also present on the occasion wereSB Mujumdar, founder and president of the University, Vidya Yervadekar, principal director along with the director Asmita Chitnis and other dignitaries.
Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Prabhu stated that he always looks forward to meeting students as theyinfuse him with energy and enthusiasm. “In true sense of the term, to impart knowledge is to empower people to deal with any situation that comes their way. Focusshould be on managing the unknown and not the known,” he added.
Speaking about the need for development in therailway sector, Prabhu said, “In countries like Japan and China the railway sector is developing very fast. In India, development of railways has just started. This sector will be completely transformed in the next five years in India. We are trying to reach a speed of up to 200 kilometres per hour on the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Kolkata routes.”
“Today railways in India has progressed a lot and the transformation from meter gauge railway line into broad gauge has become very old. Today we are looking at electrification of the routes. Apart from this we are giving special attention to passenger services. Railway e-catering services are being encouraged for passenger convenience. Also in the coming days railways will focus on finding real time solutions to the problems and grievances of passengers,” he said.
Prabhu further stated that countries like China and Japan have already started investing huge amounts in the railway sector.
“Compared to these countries, we are still way behind in terms of investment. Attempts are now being made to set up infrastructure for the development of railways in the country. For this, we are making a huge financial provision. There are plans to increase the railway budget to ₹2,75, 000 crore in the coming years and further increase it to ₹8,70,000 crore in years to come,” he said.
First Published: Jul 17, 2017 14:27 IST