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Rail Budget 2013: Focus should be on safety, modernisation, says Assocham

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 09:20
 
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New Delhi: The government should focus more on safety and modernisation besides improving existing track and separation of passenger and freight train lines in the forthcoming Rail Budget, Assocham on Friday said.

In its survey of about 7,000 people, the chamber claimed that about 65 percent of the people voted in favour of moratorium on new passenger trains and wants Railway Budget to focus on safety and modernisation.

"The passengers want trains to run at much higher speed, even at 180 to 200 kms per hour and heavy investment in safety related areas like more efficient signalling, GPS based train control," it said.

Assocham President Rajkumar Dhoot said that although India has one of the largest rail network, it lacks corporate culture.

"There is no escape from building a modern, scientifically designed and ICT based railway system," it said.

The survey also said that the large private sector participation in railways will be possible if investors are convinced that government is committed to run it as a profitable entity.

It suggested for a three-way split of the undertaking with the passenger and freight sections becoming separate entities and the operations alone under the direct control of the Railway Board.

"The financial arrangement could be worked out with the assets being owned by the Railway Board and treated as leased out to the two corporations dealing with passenger and freight customers," it said.

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal is scheduled to present the rail budget on February 26.

PTI

First Published: Friday, February 22, 2013, 15:56

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Sir Ticket less travelling / with out plate form ticket get penalized but Beggers, kinners these people creating a problem not only in railway station but also these people are entering in SL Coaches ,there is no safety for passengers those who are travelling in Reservation coachGovernment should focus on collecting the fines for ticket less traveler rather then hike in faresThis is my humble request you to consider my request-Md.Naveed Rabbani -HYDERABAD ( HYB )
TTE is not only railway employee Never forget Mechanical, Electrical and Civil/Engineering department These are the persons who gives you guarantee of safe journey Unfortunately these persons who are most responsible are never given importance Ministry should give more importance to these departament than other department in railways-Ujjwal -Amritsar
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