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Pump funds into Indian Railways to raise standards: Pawan Bansal

Last Updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 20:35
 
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Chandigarh: Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Saturday said that more money needs to be pumped into the railways for its maintenance and introducing better facilities, but he refused to comment on immediate fare hike.

Talking to reporters here, Bansal said the railways needs trillion of rupees to finish its projects and improve facilities and provide basic amenities.

“I cannot say anything on the railways ticket price hike before the beginning of the Budget Session. I can give details on the possibility of price hike on February 26. But, I can only say that the kind of services people need from the railways, including more lines and facilities can only be done by pumping in more money into the railways. The projects are already in the pipeline and require almost 1.5 trillion rupees,” said Bansal.

The government has recently hiked the railway fares after almost a decade, which has been applicable from January 9.

ANI

First Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 20:35

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Raising Standards of Indian Railways There is nothing new in comments of present Railway Minister about pumping huge funds in the railways It has always been like this during the tenure of every Railway Minister, except of course, during the tenure of Mr Bansi Lal and MrMadhorao Scindhia, who put in their sincere efforts to Revive the Railways for a realistic growth What Railways actually need today is not huge funds but Total Restructuring of its Services on absolutely commercial scales What is needed today is not pleasing the voters of one constituency by merely starting a Shatabdi Expres but reviewing the running of every train of the entire system on financial viable terms All non viable services be immediately stopped to save valuable funds, which can be diverted towards revival of infrastructure and rail lines Yearly ritual of announcing new Rails be stopped and instead the new rails already announced during the previous years be started only after reviewing their commercial -C M Dhingra -Gurgaon
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