Date of Post: 04 Oct, 2017
New Delhi: The Railways will spend Rs 15,000 crore over the next 12 months to make travelling safer for passengers.
A top railway ministry official said that the money will be spent on improving safety features on trains, tracks & stations on a “war footing”.
This will include installing elevators & constructing more foot-overbridges (FOBs) at all high density stations to help clear passenger traffic during rush hours.
- The official said,”Rail Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has already instructed general managers to go for an immediate audit and sanction works at the earliest.”
- The suburban network of the central and western railways will get 10 new FOBs along with elevators.
- Also, the railway board has decided to equip all major stations with CCTV cameras for better management of crowds during the peak hours.
- Around 2,000 CCTVs will be installed at 400 major railway stations.
- The official said,”Not only the Mumbai suburban network but stations around Delhi where lakhs of daily commuters use railways to reach the capital for work will also get additional FOBs and elevators.”
- The government has approved a Rs 1 lakh crore dedicated Railway Safety Fund, which will be used for overhauling railway tracks, constructing foot-over-bridges, eliminating unmanned level crossings, upgrading network signalling & for installing CCTV cameras.
- The fund will be spent over 5 years.