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Focus areas are Organization, Operation and Modernization: Railway Minister Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Friday, 15 July 2011
New Delhi: Dinesh Trivedi, Union Railway Minister today held discussions with his colleague Minister of State for Railway Shri Bharatsinh Solanki and the Railway Board. Later he outlined the focus and priorities set by him for the growth of the Indian Railways.

He said that there are basically three areas of focus: Organization, Operation and Modernization, adding that emphasis would be on implementation of Mamata Banerjee's Vision 2020, improving productivity and efficiency, modernizing Railway factories to increase capacity, emphasizing indigenous design & development and increasing local production to create new jobs.

"The productivity and efficiency would be increased to respond to the needs of the 21st century with associated tools and technologies, to help our workers and unions achieve their best. This will also include Process Reforms," he said.

He said that there would be a substantial expansion of the Railways in handling of passengers and freight, to add and to grow in the Indian economy and respond to the needs of the business and service sector. Priority would be given to the timely completion of the projects which have already been initiated and announced in the previous Railway Budgets.

The ministry will explore new projects, such as high speed rail, to meet growing needs of the Indian Transport sector in addition to linking with other transport hubs to create seamless integrated connectivity. It will also work on Real-time Track management, Implementation of modern e-signalling systems for train protection and improving track capacity and efficiency. It also plans to install Advanced Anti Collision Devices on trains for averting both head on collisions as well as accidents caused due to track obstruction, implement GPS systems for tracking of trains, advanced traffic analysis for efficient logistics of passenger and freight trains.

The ministry will also undertake timely completion of East West Dedicated Freight Corridor.

A national database of railway owned land will be prepared and potential to create new community assets through PPP will be explored. The Railway stations would be modernized through PPP.

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