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7 things to expect from Rail Budget 2015

7 things to expect from Rail Budget 2015

Mar 9, 2015

On 26 February, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presented his first, and the NDA Government’s second, Rail Budget. There are high aspects for this year, with Prabhu taking his inspiration from Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission, the Make in India initiative and hi-end technology.   Green Initiatives: Prabhu has stated that he wishes to make increased use...

Modi reviews the recent progression of Indian Railways

Modi reviews the recent progression of Indian Railways

Mar 3, 2015

On February 9, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a review meeting to address issues of infrastructure related ministries including roads, shipping and civil aviation. This meeting also took stock of railways.   At a similar review meeting in December, the PM stated that the progress of new railway lines was “unsatisfactory” and that work must be sped...

Huge investment – the need of the hour for Indian Railways

Huge investment – the need of the hour for Indian Railways

Feb 12, 2015

To get the Railways back on track, the cash-strapped national transporter needs investment from every source possible – from private sector participation to foreign pension funds – says Suresh Prabhu, the Union Railway Minister. “The Railways can still drive economic growth by contributing 2.5 to 3 percent of the national income, but for this turn...

Indian Railways needs private capital not privatisation

Indian Railways needs private capital not privatisation

Feb 10, 2015

Whilst attending the 15th national seminar on ‘Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Indian Railways’ last Monday in Hyderabad, the Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, discussed the future of Indian Railways, pitching for private capital rather than privatisation.   It was in December that India’s Prime...

Ministry favours RPF over GRP to combat poor railway security

Ministry favours RPF over GRP to combat poor railway security

Feb 5, 2015

Last year, while addressing security issues related to India’s economic lifeline, one officer told The Hindu: “There are more than 13 million passengers transiting railway stations every day. How on earth do you search all their luggage and frisk all of them?”. That being said, it’s not surprising that the rail ministry is trying every trick in the book to...

Advertising as a source of income for the Railways

Advertising as a source of income for the Railways

Jan 29, 2015

Generating funds for public services when the amount of available government money is tight has been a cause for concern for many of India’s public services. Extra money will often give those services some breathing room – a financial safety net. With many transport infrastructure changes scheduled for the coming years, India’s Railways are looking to generate...