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Indian Railways launch Mission 2020 initiative

Indian Railways launch Mission 2020 initiative

Apr 10, 2015

Indian Railways have said that most of the capitals of north eastern states will have a railway connection by 2020.       Northeast Frontier Railway General Manager (Construction) Rajesh Kumar Singh said, “All capital cities of North Eastern states, including Sikkim, will be under Indian Railways map by 2020. The railway department has started...

Railway Minister requests monitoring of implementation after Rail Budget 2015

Railway Minister requests monitoring of implementation after Rail Budget 2015

Apr 3, 2015

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has asked for a fortnightly monitoring of implementation. This includes all proposals that were made under the Rail Budget 2015.     Two proposals were announced at the Rail Budget 2015, the all-India 138 helpline and the Customer Complaint Portal and Application. Both have so far been launched. March 2nd saw Prabhu’s...

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...