Sep 27, 2016

Prabhu hints at Railways’ impending ‘change’

Kozhikode: Coming out with a clear message that Railways would indeed undergo transformation, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said the Centre would encourage investment and private participation. His remarks came at an interaction organised by the Malabar Chamber of Commerce here.
“It’s high time that we took some different turns in order to ensure the overall development of Railways and maximum benefits to the common man. The government is going to introduce different methods for attaining development and implementing developmental projects. Private sector participation will be promoted,” the minister said. Calling for the public’s involvement, the minister said they need not wait for the government’s help for the development of the railway stations. “Let the rich come forward for the cause and contribute their bit for the development of the stations,” he said.

In line with the recently introduced Gatimaan Express, new high-speed premium trains will soon be introduced. New three-tier AC trains– Humsafar and Tejas– will roll out soon. Besides, Antyodaya trains will bring world class services for common people at affordable rates. Suresh Prabhu said that these premium trains would be up and running as early as in the next couple of weeks.

Pointing his fingers at the recent derailments in Kerala, the minister said that no lapses on part of the officials would be tolerated. And Prabhu said stringent action will be initiated against graft and lapses on the part of officials.Malabar Chamber of Commerce functionaries handed over a memorandum, which included various demands of region, to the minister at the function.

Earlier in the day, Swachch Bharat week was launched at Kozhikode railway station, with Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu performing the inauguration. He said the Centre accorded top priority to cleanliness and sanitation, which would be ensured across the country through various programmes.