Speedup redevelopment of rail-road projects: PM

Raj Kamal Rao
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the review meeting on the progress in infrastructural development in Rail and Road sectors, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo-PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the review meeting on the progress in infrastructural development in Rail and Road sectors, in New Delhi on Monday.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reviewed the progress in the key infrastructure sectors of railways and roads in his office in New Delhi. During the meeting PM advised railway ministry officials to fasten modernising railway stations and passenger amenities.

Reviewing the performance of key infrastructure sectors in his office, PM asked railways to raise its “level of ambition” to provide better infrastructure.

Railways has added 1780 km of rail lines and electrified 1730 kms this year making it the best performance on these metrics in railway history.

“The Prime Minister stressed upon the need to speed up the redevelopment of Railway Stations, and urged the railways to substantially raise its level of ambition in this regard,” it added.

Officials pointed that the sector received capital investment of over Rs 93,000 crore in 2015-16, which is more than 65 percent compared to last financial year. Government believes that this increase in investment will fasten infrastructure development.

“Centre is working on upgrading rail infra. In rural areas this will boost skill development & increase non-fare revenue for railways. Progress in commissioning of lines & electrification of lines has been commendable. Discussed speeding up process of redeveloping stations,” the PM said.

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Prime Minister also interacted with officials from Roads and Highways during his review meeting that lasted for more than an hour.

PM Modi pitched for private investment in the sector and advised officials to use technology to de-congest critical highways and toll collection.

“As far as roads are concerned, completion of highways is going on at remarkable pace. Spoke on need of more private investment in the sector. I also emphasised on decongesting critical stretches and invigorating the roads & highways sector with latest technology,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

Prime Minister Modi has been reviewing key infrastructure projects from March 4 2014. As a practice, PM has been interacting with key officials of infrastructure ministries like Railways, Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and others.  Prime Minister used the ICT-based platform PRAGATI- Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation to conduct his interaction.