The Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal announced various decisions taken by Ministry of Railways for Transformation of Indian Railways on 28thSeptember, 2017 in Rail Bhavan. He said that Railways is committed to ensuring high standards of service, speed and safety for Indian passangers and also ensuring contribution to national development.
The ministry has taken several key decisions which includes passenger safety, Modern Technology, energy efficiency, upgrading of health and education facilities etc.
1. Highest priority to passenger safety
Priority to safety, stress on field inspections by officers, eliminate the 5,000 unmanned crossings in a time-bound manner, by next year target is to shift to LHB coaches from ICF coaches, Provision of CCTV cameras in stations and coaches to enhance security for women and senior citizen, electronic interlocking of signals, revamping the existing signalling system and use of MTRC (Mobile Train Radio Communication) and TPWS (Train Protection & Warning System).
Decisions are also taken for TTE and RPF personals. RPF staff will not be allowed to check tickets, which is the function of TTEs. RPF will only assist ticket checking squads.
2. Transforming through technology
Use of mobile apps for monitoring the passenger services, high speed wi-fi connectivity in stations and coaches, increase the speed of around 700 trains, GPS based tracking of rail movement.
3. Energy efficiency
A complete electrification of Indian railways by the next 4-5 years. This move will lead to save Rs. 10,000 cr.
To ensure 100% LED lighting and energy efficient appliances like fans, ACs etc. In trains, coaches, stations, office buildings and residential colonies in a given time.
4. Faster Redevelopment of stations
Planning to modernise about 20 stations in an efficient manner with superior infrastructure and passenger facilities including eateries, hotels, shopping, multimodal transport hub, disabled friendly, security etc. by December 2018
5. Railway Stations as Multi-utility centres
Many stations that receive very few trains in a day are proposed to be used as Multi-utility centres for activities like yoga centres, skilling, educational purposes etc.
6. Focus on welfare of field staff
Improving the overall working conditions of Group D employee. For example, gang-men, whose work is to ensure track safety, and who have to walk around 15-16 kms on an average in a particular day will be provided with comfortable uniforms and better quality shoes. Their living quarters (Gang huts) too will be improved.
These improvements will help the Indian Railways and our nation to flourish as well as contribute more to our social and economic development. The transformation of the Indian Railways is well under way to ensure it is not just the compulsion of the people but the choice of the people.
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