Date of Post: 22 June, 2018
New Delhi: The railways has set a target of achieving at least 90% punctuality of trains by November 1, senior officials said. Besides setting the punctuality target, the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a review meeting with some railway zones, has also set a deadline of December 1 for resolving all catering issues and October 2 for achieving the cleanliness target in trains & stations.
- The punctuality of trains slipped to around 65% in the past 3 months.
- A railway official said,”In the meeting, the minister made it clear that no laxity will be tolerated by the zones in achieving the punctuality target. He also said that reasonable cleanliness should be seen on station premises by October 2.”
- “The zones said that addressing catering issues would take time as base kitchens need to be set up, so they have been given a longer time.”
- Goyal who has reviewed 11 railway zones and via video conferencing, interacted with young officers who have completed around 5 to 6 years of service asked them to suggest modern ways to run the national transporter.
- The minister also assured all the zonal officials that there is no dearth of funds for safety and maintenance work.
- The minister is expected to finish his review of all the 17 zones by next week, after which he will meet the zonal General Managers.
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