Date of Post : 12 Oct, 2018
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, recently, asserted that the entire rail network will be unmanned level crossing-free by December. The railways would also complete the Dedicated Freight Corridor by the end of 2020 which would ease the rail traffic, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to do away with all unmanned level crossings, Goyal said.
- During 2014-17, the railways eliminated about 1,100 unmanned level crossings every year.
- Goyal said,”There were around 5,500 unmanned level crossings on the rail network across the country, out of which, around 5,000 have been eliminated as of September 30. The remaining 474 would be eliminated by December.”
- For the last 70 years the railways has expanded its patronage many times over, in terms of passengers and freight, according to Goyal.
- It is now serving about 1,500 per cent more people and freight than what it did 50-60 years ago.
- The Indian Railways has a very important role in the development of the country.
- Therefore, cumulatively (2014-2019) a total of Rs 5,30,000 crore would be invested as the capital expenditure (capex).
- The Raebareli Coach Factory was announced in 2007-08 which did not produce a single coach until 2014.
- He said,”In 2017, it made 700 LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches. In 2018, it will make 1,500 and my target for 2019 is 3,000 coaches.”
- Goyal said,”We have already started one stretch of the DFCCIL in 2018 and before March 2019, we would be starting three more stretches.”
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