Date of Post: 18 Dec, 2018
As many as 5,000 unmanned railway crossings across the country had been removed in the last 1 year, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday. Goyal was in Vadodara, along with the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, to dedicate to the nation its first railway university.
- Officials said, NRTI (National Rail and Transportation Institute) in Vadodara is the 3rd such university in the world after ones in Russia and China.
- Goyal had raised the bar for Railway officials to achieve the target of removing unmanned crossings following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve to finish the task in a time bound manner, addressing a gathering Saturday evening Goyal said.
- He said,”One year ago, there were around 5,000 unmanned railway crossings in the country. Railways used to eliminate around 1,200 unmanned crossings every year by either deploying a guard or constructing overbridges or underpasses”.
- Goyal claimed officials of his ministry were apprehensive when Modi set a target to remove 5,000 odd unmanned crossings in 1 year.
- Out of the 5,000 unmanned crossings eliminated in 1 year, 3,000 were removed in just 6 months between April and September, he said.
- He said,”Now, only 100-200 such crossings are left on our broad gauge network. They had not been removed yet because of technical problems”.
- Goyal added that they too would be removed soon.
- The Government feels it will foster entrepreneurship and generate large scale employment opportunities, speaking about the rail university Goyal said.
- He said, “The Railway Board has decided to give one week’s training to all 13 lakhs employees for updating their knowledge so that it can become the world’s best railway network.”
- NRTI in Vadodara (gujrat) had opened its doors to the first batch of 103 students from 20 states in two fully-residential undergraduate courses in September this year, a release said.
- Two under-graduate programmes, B.Sc. in Transportation Technology and BBA programme in Transportation Management, has already started, it informed.
- The release said that the university aims to start Masters programme from 2019-20 academic session in areas such as Transportation and Systems Design, Transport Systems Engineering, Transport Policy and Economics etc.
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