Apr 4, 2013

Railway Minister Inaugurates Assocham Conference on Dedicated Freight Corridor


Private Investment Needed for Expansion of Railway Infrastructure: Bansal 


The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurated International Conference on Dedicated Freight Corridor ‘Challenges and Opportunities’ organized by ASSOCHAM India, here today. The Minister also released ASSOCHAM-YES BANK knowledge Report “Corridors for India’s Economic Development”, on this occasion. 

In his inaugural address, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal said that Indian Railways have increased its freight loading capacity and have achieved the distinction of joining one billion tonne select club in freight movement by successfully loading 1010 million tonne in 2012-13. India joins China, Russia and USA for this milestone achievement. However, Railways share as compared to roads in total goods traffic has come down from 80% to 36% over the years which is a cause of concern, he pointed out. The railway Minister said that Railways provide a more cost effective, efficient, faster and environment friendly mode of transportation. The freight trains have a capacity to move a very large volume of traffic in one go over a very large distance and help in declogging the roads. Hence, there is a need to increase the rail share in the overall transportation in the country. 

Safety of Passengers Remains Top Priority: Bansal



Two-Day General Managers’ Conference Begins 

The Minister of Railways Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal said that it is heartening to know that Indian Railways has entered the prestigious one billion tonne select club in freight movement joining with China, Russia and USA. He congratulated General Managers and all railway men for this milestone achievement. He said that Indian Railways has achieved a remarkable freight loading capacity leading to this achievement. The Railway Minister announced an award of Rs. 5 crore for this achievement. The Minister stated this while addressing the two-day conference of General Managers of all Zonal Railways and Production Units which began here today. 

The Railway Minister pointed out that safety in railway operations is always a priority subject and all efforts should be made to ensure safe railway operations. He hoped that the conference will deliberate on all safety related issues in detail and will take suitable measures wherever required. The Minister said that the efforts should also be made to minimize human error which also leads to accidents. He said that reasons for human error should be properly ascertained and corrective measures be taken to address this issue like, creating necessary environment for the crew, proper training and counseling of safety staff etc.

 

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