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Blog Entry# 2332152
Posted: Jun 25 2017 (10:19)

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Entry# 2332152   News Entry# 306425         Tags   Past Edits
Changes In On-Board Services Soon
Emphasising that the Railways was working towards making travel better, railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said a state-of-the-art reservation system would be unveiled soon. There would also be major changes in on-board train services, Prabhu said, at a function at Chennai Central station, where he flagged off 11 completed passenger amenities and projects meant for Chennai, Madurai and Trichy.
“We are spending close to `18,000 crore for increasing speed on the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Kolkata sections.Besides, 16,500km doubling projects will be initiated in the next two years. Only
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42% of lines across India are electrified and we will double the number in five years. Stations will be redeveloped on the lines of airports,“ Prabhu said.He also revealed that General Electric and Alstom have started building a prototype diesel and electric locomotive which would be able to pull trains at 160-200kmph.
Prabhu made the announcement after Tamil Nadu finance minister D Jayakumar reeled out a long list of demands related to railway projects in Tamil Nadu. The list included demands for highspeed corridors, new coaching terminal at Royapuram and new lines through the coastal districts of the state.
Referring to the demands, Prabhu said the Chennai-Kanyakumari coastal line and other projects could be sanctioned only if the TN government signed a joint-venture agreement with Railways for execution of infrastructure projects. “Tamil Nadu has a long coast. Railway lines connecting ports can also be constructed if the state helps,“ he said. Surprisingly , the Union minister said the works at Royapuram would be expedited, unaware that the Southern Railway has already shelved the plans and would be studying the feasibility of making Tondiarpet the next coaching terminal.
Earlier, delivering the Na ni Palkhivala memorial lecture at the Ethiraj college, Prabhu said that investments to the tune of `8.5 lakh crore made in the Indian Railways would create a few crore jobs. “National Council for Applied Economic Research will soon come out with a study on that,“ he added. The minister also ruled out complete privatisation of Railways, but indicated that increased participation of private agencies would be encouraged, especially start-ups. “The state should play an enabling ro le by creating infrastructure,“ he said.
Several MLAs and MPs from the DMK and the AIADMK who were present at the function at Chennai Central flooded Prabhu with demands. Chennai South MP D Jayavardhan pointed out that Southern Railway officials were unable to process demands related to passenger amenities and new lines raised in meetings, stating that it needs to be escalated to the Railway Board. “We request the Railway Minister to ensure that Board members are also part of such meetings,“ Jayavardhan said.
The elected representatives also demanded escalators, lifts and booking offices for stations in their constituencies. CPM MP TK Rangarajan urged Prabhu to ensure that Integral Coach Factory in Perambur be entrusted with manufacturing modern coaches, instead of outsourcing the work to private companies

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