Piyush Goyal to review progress of Rly projects

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Nov 2017 11:00:28


Staff Reporter,


Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will be chairing a review meeting to review the progress of ongoing Railway projects in Chhattisgarh on Monday. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh who will be present in the review meeting is likely to take up the slow pace of various Rail projects in Chhattisgarh, particularly the progress of rail corridors and track renewal projects.

The review meeting will be attended by SECR General Manager Sunil Singh Soin, all departmental heads, DRM Raipur Kaushal Kishore. During the review meeting SECR GM will be reading out the SECR report depicting zonal income, passenger and goods traffic, financial execution, safety, passenger amenities, and the progress of Rail projects undergoing in Chhattisgarh.

The main points which will come up for discussions include closure of all manned railway level crossing by August-September 2018; track renewal works, to identify sectors where renewal is over-due; cleaning and sanitation of stations and trains; installation of bio-toilets in trains; installation of LED lighting system in stations and railway premises and main reasons of rail accidents.

According to sources, it has come to fore that the project of track renewal is undergoing in the state which has to be completed by 2019-20. It is being  stated that expected progress has not taken place in track manufacturing. Accordingly, the Union Railway Minister had ordered to carry out global tenders for purchasing rails. The review of SECR holds its own significance because it is the highest freight carrier among other Zones of Indian Railways. SECR alone transports 140MT coal through its network to main super thermal power projects and other plants in the country and provides momentum to the country’s development. During 2016-17, SECR had carried 178.28MT freight and is all set to fulfill the target of carrying 187 MT freight during the current financial year.

The Railways has called tenders for the up-gradation and modernization of half a dozen stations including Raipur on PPP mode, but nothing concrete has taken place despite repeated tendering process. Expansion of railways to Bastar and Surguja division will also come up for discussion during the review meeting. The Union Railway Minister will later proceed to Bhilai for attending a programme organised by Chartered Accountants.