Its network straddles 66,030 km of track and ferries 23 million passengers and three million tonnes of freight daily. On the question of services provided by the Railways during a train journey, about 69 per cent of the respondents find it same as before or worse.
On Saturday, 23 passengers died and over 60 sustained injuries when 14 coaches of the Utkal Express, which runs on the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga route, derailed at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar.
PM Modi expected him to turn around the Railways. The Station Redevelopment Programme project entails improvement of passenger amenities at railway stations and commercial exploitation of land around them.
The state of Railways makes Piyush Goyal's job unenviable. A quantum jump in the size and growth of food processing sector is needed, which would be in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of doubling farmer's income by 2022, industry body CII quoted Goyal as saying in a statement.
Cabinet reshuffle: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and members of the Railway Board were also on board the train on its inaugural journey. Restructuring manpower is needed to bring down the expenses as a major chunk of its capex goes into salaries and pensions.
Countdown To Elections Results. Restructure manpower: Another high-speed train project, popularly known as the Bullet train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai, is a prestige project for the government. More than two-and-a-half years later, on August 4 this year, Suresh Prabhu informed the Rajya Sabha that 333 people lost their lives in the last three years in 206 train derailments.
Among the 400 stations identified for the project across the country, five in Mumbai- Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Thane, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus and Borivali- will see redevelopment.
Only 13 per cent of over 10,000 participants said that safety of Railways was adequate. In all, the government has proposed to redevelop 400 A1 and A class railway stations. The five priorities for Indian Railways are: At least seven people have died and 24 others were injured after nine coaches of Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed today in Bihar's Vaishali at 3.
The Vande Bharat Express - India's fastest train - was halted for over three hours during its return journey from Varanasi because of a technical issue possibly caused due to an "external hit", the Indian Railways said in a clarification on Saturday. Now, Piyush Goyal as the Minister for Railways has a tough task at hand.
Prabhu who took over in November 2014 as railway minister leaves a legacy of reform and innovation, including switching to actuarial accounting, restructuring of manpower, cost cutting, increasing non-fare revenue, monetization of assets and increasing train speeds.
Indicating that there was a need to change and upgrade government systems, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said the process of appraisal in government wherein the appraisee is shown his performance review defeats the purpose of an "honest" review. Piyush Goyal's primary job would be to instill confidence among the people about safety of the Railways while instilling confidence among the staff of the department, who are now under greater scrutiny.