Rail­ways to be No. 1 in freight

High-speed cor­ri­dors, semi-bul­let trains be­tween ma­jor In­dian cities and tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled stor­age units for fruits and vegeta­bles are in the pipe­line for In­dian Rail­ways.

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min­is­ter DV

Sadananda Gowda has stated that he aims to make In­dia the largest freight car­rier of the world. Stat­ing that rail­ways will play a ma­jor role in build­ing a dy­namic In­dia, he fur­ther added, "Rail­ways are car­ry­ing 31% of to­tal freight cur­rently. Rail­ways car­ried 1.3 bil­lion ton of freight last year. It is grow­ing rapidly," Gowda said. His pri­or­ity is to dou­ble, even triple the tracks.

At the out­set, Gowda has made it clear that it would re­quire 5 lakh crore to com­plete the projects that are al­ready on the anvil. In a ground­break­ing state­ment, he also said that the Rail­ways is seek­ing Cabi­net ap­proval for FDI, apart from pri­vate in­vest­ment. The Bud­get has al­ready pro­posed that all ma­jor ports be linked via the PPP model.

Ad­dress­ing the is­sue of in­creased pas­sen­ger fares and freight rates, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley asked the cit­i­zens to judge the govern­ment on the ba­sis of its per- for­mance and plans for the rail­ways.

As per the Bud­get, six high speed cor­ri­dors have been iden­ti­fied, and pro­posal for semi-bul­let trains at a speed of 160-200 km/ph for Chennai-Hy­der­abad, Del­hiKan­pur, Delhi-Agra, Nag­purBi­laspur, Delhi-Pathankot have been put for­ward.

As for new trains, ded­i­cated par­cel and spe­cial milk-tanker trains will be launched shortly, along with tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled stor­age for fruits and vegeta­bles. 18 sur­veys will be com­mis­sioned for new lines, and 10 more for dou­bling and ex­tend­ing pre­vi­ous lines will be started.

DV Sadananda Gowda Rail­way Min­is­ter Govern­ment of In­dia

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