On a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency on "Good Governance day", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ruled out privatisation of the railways but asked people not be wary of foreign and private capital being utilised for improving infrastructure of the national transporter.
The movement of over a dozen trains was disrupted for nearly six hours on Thursday due to blockade of railway tracks at Eklakhi in West Bengal by tribal people in protest of serial attacks by NDFB(S) terrorists in Assam.
India by 2017 will have five or six top-class railway stations on the pattern of monumental Grand Central Terminal, New York, or famed Gare d'Austerlitz terminus in Paris, a top Railway Board official has said.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has called for a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and union Raod Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to work out a development plan for the railways in Mumbai, a city synonymous with congested suburban trains.
Replacing old systems, adopting new technology, updating signalling system and educating staff are some of the steps the Indian Railways have taken to increase safety and prevent accidents, the Lok Sabha was told on Monday.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday ordered an inquiry and suspension of the gateman posted at the manned level crossing in UP's Hardoi district where a collision between a tractor trolley and train left two children dead.
Meghalaya on Saturday came on the country's rail map more than six decades after independence, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the first train to the northeastern state and favouring privatisation of railway stations.