Mar 24, 2013

Chairman Railway Board Addresses the National Editors’ Conference


The Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Shri K. Rahman Khan addressing the National EditorsChairman Railway Board Shri Vinay Mittal informed that the Pir Panjal railway tunnel the longest tunnel of India and second largest in Asia on Banihal-Qazigund section of J&K Railway line is now ready and trial runs of train operations are continuing on this section which will be opened shortly for regular train operations in about two months time from now. With the commencement of this Section, the Kashmir valley will be linked with the Jammu region by train. Shri Mittal said that Railways proposes to launch a multi –model travel package with cooperation of State Government of Jammu & Kashmir enabling passengers to travel from Jammu through Udhampur, Quzigund to Srinagar and Baramulla on a common rail-bus ticket. Chairman Railway Board Shri Vinay Mittal along with Financial Commissioner, Railways, Smt. Vijaya Kanth was addressing the National Editors’ Conference organised by Press Information Bureau here today.


Terming railway safety to be the top priority, Shri Mittal informed that the allocation for the safety related works has been increased in the Railway Budget 2013-14 by about 13% as compared to last year. Similarly, there is sufficiently increase in the passenger amenity segment also. Shri Mittal said that over the years there has been a significant reduction in the incidence of rail accidents as the number of consequential train accidents per million train kilometre has decreased from 0.41 in 2003-04 to 0.13 at the end of 2011-12, we will however strive to work towards a zero accident regime.

1.21 lakh encroachments on Railway land



There are approximately 1.21 lakh encroachments on Railway land involving an area of 2337 acre. These encroachments came up on Railway land near tracks in Metros and big cities over the past many years. Railways maintain record of number of encroachments in its land. Railways maintain record of number of encroachments in its land. Family wise details of the period of unauthorized occupation is not maintained.

Housing being a State subject, resettlement and rehabilitation of slum dwellers with proper civic amenities is the responsibility of State Government. Meanwhile, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has launched Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) which envisages slum free city will be carried out by the respective State Governments. Initially, 250 cities will be taken up by the end of 12th Five Year Plan. Ministry of Railways will work with respective State Governments whenever they select city for rehabilitation & resettlement of slum dwellers under this scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

Source - PIB

 

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