Railway Budget historic for Jabalpur: MP Rakesh Singh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Feb 2016 16:27:39

Staff Reporter

THERailway Budget 2016, tabled by the Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu is the first-ever budget that focuses to bring about a paradigm shift in the operations of Indian Railways.

This is the first time, when emphasis has been given on technological upgradation of rail infrastructure, while pulling out the Railways from an economic crisis too, that was the gift of the previous governments to the Railways.

On humanitarian grounds too, various provisions have been made in this Railway Budget that picturises the face of humanity of this BJP-led NDA Government in the Centre. MP, Rakesh Singh said that Rail Budget is a historic budget for Jabalpur as well as for the whole Mahakoshal region.

The project related to development of region like Jabalpur-Gondia broad-gauge and ItarsiJabalpur-Allahabad electrification projects and others got huge allotments for development. Now, the city has got its right for which he has been making continuous efforts since long.

This time, the prime city of eastern Madhya Pradesh Jabalpur has got justice from the Union Government in view of development from the development friendly policies of Union Government as per vision of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu.

For the Jabalpur-Gondia broad gauge project, Rs 223.9 crore has been sanctioned, which was Rs 166 crore last year. For the electrification project of Itarsi-Jabalpur-Allahabad, a huge amount of Rs 350 crore has been sanctioned, which was Rs 134 crore in 2015-16.

With the completion of the electrification work, Jabalpur division would become an important rail block in the Indian Railways, where there would be no halt for changing the engine. While new trains would be added to the electrified route, Rakesh Singh added.

He further said that, Jabalpur has got another major project of Jabalpur-Indore new line and for this, Rs 500 crore has been sanctioned. He said, in the history of Jabalpur, the amount sanctioned for the development works, are historic figures and first ever.

For the development of Platform number 5 and 6 under station expansion, Rs 2 crore has been sanctioned. For development of Railway Station, Rs 26 lakh have been sanctioned MP Rakesh Singh added that Indian Railways, in the past six decades, saw sluggish development, becoming backward in comparison to other countries. Keeping in view the increasing population and need, the whole system required reform.

The populace declarations made by the previous governments stagnated the development of Railways. In view of making the railway infrastructure technically sound and developed, this Railway Budget is historic. Keeping in view increasing demand of e-tickets, its capacity has been increased to 7200 per minute.

Now, around 1.2 lakh people can avail the facility of e-ticket. Keeping in view the especially able people, it has been decided that, along with online tickets, the registration of especially able people for wheel chair facility can be done online. While, the entire new passenger coaches would be enabled with facility for the disabled.

The Government has made special declarations for the senior citizens by increasing lower berth reservation unto 50 per cent. While Anthodaya trains would be plied and for the long distance trains, two to 4 coaches of unreserved category would be added on pilot basis. Giving emphasis on security of passengers, the Railways has launched 182-dial service for women passengers.

For cancellation of tickets, a help-line 139 has been initiated. To ensure proper security of rail and passengers, the Railway Ministry, Government of India, as per vision of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has inked pact with the Japan and Korean Rail Research Institutes to develop Zero Accident Railway System.

The Railways has made an important decision to convert all the technical halts to commercial halts. From these points too, people can travel by booking tickets.

On the basis of PPP mode, logistic parks would be developed, connecting roadways, waterways and airways with Railways. Besides this, the Railway Ministry has initiated a project titled Mission 7, focusing on development, more facilities for passengers by developing facilities as per need of passengers as well as giving emphasis on railway infrastructure projects to bring the Indian Railways equal to the developed countries’ facilities.

Rakesh Singh said that Rail Budget, on one side, gives a developing vision to the Railways, while it is important for the development of eastern Madhya Pradesh and its important city Jabalpur.