Udupi, Jan 21, 2016: Speaking after inaugurating an escalator constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.3 crore at Udupi Railway Station at a function organised by Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd, Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, said that more thrust was being given to improving passenger amenities on trains and platforms in the country. He also launched the construction of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd. (MRPL) siding.
Minister Prabhu said that the Railways had revamped the ticket reservation system. Tickets could now be booked through mobile telephones. The supply of food was yet to be bettered, this system had been overhauled. Now people could order food of their choice over the internet and it would be served to them to their seats on the trains.
There were a lot of complaints from train passengers about the dirty linen being provided in trains. But now good linen was being provided to them. The Railways wanted to have their own laundries in all divisions. In most railway stations, escalators were being provided including in small cities. This would help the elderly and women reach the platforms easily.
Priority was also being given to keep stations clean. He had fulfilled about 110 promises made in the present fiscal’s budget. His Ministry would place an action taken report on the measures to fulfil the assurances of previous year’s budget during the presentation of the Union Railway Budget for next fiscal.
The number of people travelling on trains was increasing. Hence, the railways had taken Rs. 1,50,000 crore from LIC of India. Even the World Bank had agreed to invest big in Indian Railways.
The railways got two-thirds of their revenue from freight movement. It was necessary increase revenue from it. Hence it was planning to have a dedicated freight corridor from Mumbai to Delhi and from Delhi to Kolkata at a cost of Rs. 82,000 crore in the next three and a half years. This would help increase the traffic of both freight and passengers.
The Railways was trying to double and triple rail lines where possible and improve signaling systems. The results of all these measures would be there to see after five years.
B.S. Yeddyurappa, former Chief Minister, MP Shobha Karandlaje, Oscar Fernandes, Rajya Sabha member, Kota Srinivas Poojary, MLC, Savita Kotian, president of the zilla panchayat, Sunita Naik, president of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat, Sanjay Gupta, chairman and managing director of KRCL, were present.