Jun 10, 2014

Modi's governance agenda: Diamond Quadrilateral of high speed trains

NEW DELHI: If the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government made Indian highways world class, the Narendra Modi government wants to replicate the success in the railways by building the Diamond Quadrilateral network for high speed trains.

In fact, revamp of the creaky railway network is the government's top infrastructure agenda, which includes a massive public-private partnership (PPP) push. The statement comes at a time when passengers have come to associate the railways with all that is bad — from dirty stations to several accidents and long delays.

But more than just upgrading the current service quality, the government wants to make the railways a key element of the logistics hub that will make the economy more competitive. So, if the proposed high speed corridors, which has been on the drawing board for close to a decade, will provide faster connectivity, there is also a plan to have a network of freight corridors.

Apart from coal and steel using the corridor, there is also a plan for specialized agri-rail networks for perishable agricultural products that will move potatoes or tomatoes from a surplus part of the country to one which has deficiency and help the government tame prices. Again, this is not a proposal that has been made for the first time as similar plans have been discussed in the past but the key for the government will be to execute it.

Although former railway minister Madhavrao Scindia had first mooted the idea of high speed trains in the mid-eighties, railways came out with a white-paper in December 2009. So far, six stretches have been identified and feasibility study of Mumbai-Ahmadabad corridor is underway.

Similarly, former railway minister Lalu Prasad had announced encouraging higher level of movement of milk by tankers from various regions of the country besides introducing more refrigerated parcel vans for transportation of fruits, vegetables and other perishable commodities.

The statements come at a time when the government is also looking to allow FDI in certain segments of railways, such as high speed corridors, to ensure that the weak finances of the Indian Railways does not block any attempt to modernize a network that has largely been inherited from the British rulers.

The government, however, said that investment in railways will be increased using innovative financing methods and the network will be expanded to the hilly states and the northeast.

Apart from the railways, the President's speech suggested that there will be a push to low cost airports to promote connectivity to small cities, revival of the "Sagar Mala" project to connect ports with hinterland through road and rail, time-bound and well monitored highway development programme and development of inland and coastal waterways have been identified as major focus area to pus h infrastructure development.

Realizing it well that government funding will be inadequate and the private investment won't come unless there is conducive environment, Mukherjee said, "A fast-track, investment friendly and predictable PPP mechanism will be put in place."

The government also committed to evolve a model of port-led development and making the long coastline as "gateway for India's prosperity" by modernizing the existing ports and developing new world class ones.
SOURCE - TOI


 

NEXT POST

EMPLOYEE NEWS CENTER

READ MORE -

Rail News - Public service (4210) Rail News - Public service (3470) Rail News - Rail Employee (2318) DIVISION - JABALPUR (357) Rail News - Rail Development (315) News - Spl Train (262) News - General (225) DIVISION - BHOPAL (202) Rail News - Job - Career (200) Rail news - Metro (193) Rail News - Circulars (138) DIVISION - HUBLI (128) DIVISION - MORADABAD (122) Office Order (105) DIVISION - ALLAHABAD (93) World Rail News (85) Rail news - Public Alert (79) News - Loco Pilot (73) Rail News - Rail Budget (69) HIGH SPEED RAIL (68) Rail News - 7th Pay Commission (62) Rail News - New Train (61) Improvement in Facilities (58) Rail News - Railway Safety (58) Accidents (55) Rail Development (54) Rail news - World Rail (49) Rail News - Tourism (38) News- Railway Exam Result (35) Rail News - Freight Services (35) DIVISION - Delhi (34) Public Interest (32) Rail News - Sports (32) Trade Union (32) Award (30) Bonus (PLB) (30) PIB (29) Bullet train (28) new line (26) IRCTC (25) News - Dearness Allowance (24) Station Master (23) TATKAL TICKET (22) RPF / RPSF (21) Railway News - Metro (20) Complaint and Suggestions (19) Rail News - Security (19) News - Catering (18) News - Job - Career (18) Mumbai local (17) Railway Pensioners (17) Railway time table (17) News - New Tech (16) News - Railway Employee (16) ‘Premium’ Special Trains (15) Circulars - Govt of India (14) Rail News - Railway Revenue (14) Rail news - Employment Notification (14) Railway News - Delhi Metro (14) Know About (13) Rail News - Special Train (13) Scam (13) Railway Board (12) Railway Joke (12) Catering Related Complaints (11) DIVISION - RAIPUR (11) Freight Corridor (11) Rail News - Security (11) Dedicated Freight Corridors (10) AISMA (9) Rail News - New Rail Line (9) Budget (8) DIVISION - Ambala (8) Employee News (8) News - Exam Result (8) PHOTO (8) Passenger Amenities (8) Premium Air-Conditioned (8) Railway pass (8) World Rail - China (8) fares hikes (8) semi-high speed (8) INCOME TAX (7) Indian Railway History (7) Night Duty Allowance (7) Rail Accidents (7) Rail budget (7) online tickets (7) Central Railway (6) International Railway (6) Mono Rail (6) Mumbai Metro (6) News - Budget (6) Public Grievances (6) Rail Fares (6) Railway Safety (6) Ticket Booking (6) World Rail - Japan (6) extra coaches (6) guard (6) Always Important (5) Drinking Water (5) HELP (5) Holiday Trains (5) IRCON (5) LOCOMOTIVE (5) Zone - Western Railway (5) booking counters (5) hi-tech (5) macp (5) Coaches (4) Food plazas (4) IMPORTANT RULE (4) Mumbai (4) News - Railway Rule (4) RAIL TEL (4) Rail History (4) Rail Neer (4) Rail News - Business (4) Rail News - Rules (4) Railway Minister (4) Train Cancellation (4) World Rail - Pakistan (4) Zone - South Central Railway (4) e-ticket booking (4) escalators (4) AIR - RAIL (3) Booking - Parcel (3) CCTV (3) Children Education Allowance (3) DOUBLE DECKER TRAIN (3) Electrification (3) Konkan railway (3) Medical Allowance (3) Member Engineering (3) Modal Question Paper (3) News- Railway Exam (3) PASS (3) Question Bank (3) Rail News - China (3) Rail fare hike (3) Suvidha Train (3) TRANSFER POLICY (3) VAISHNO DEVI (3) reservation (3) tatkal ticket (3) Booking - Luggage (2) D & A RULE (2) Extension of train services (2) Khumbn Mela (2) LDCE (2) Leave Rule (2) MATHERAN (2) MOBILE APPS (2) Minister of State for Railways (2) National Rail Museum (2) News - Rail Road (2) News -World Film (2) OROP (2) Passenger Reservation System (2) Police help desk (2) Provident Fund interest (2) Rail News - Goods Train (2) Railway Protection Force (2) Railway Proud (2) Railway Stations (2) Retiring Rooms (2) Revenue earnings (2) South Eastern Railway (2) Zone - East Central Railway (2) Zone - N E RLY (2) Zone - Northern Railway (2) Zone - Southern Railway (2) new pension scheme (2) ALER (1) Air Travel (1) DIVISION - CENTRAL RAILWAY (1) DIVISION - MADURAI (1) DIVISION - VIJAYWADA (1) Directory (1) Division - Rangia (1) FOOT OVER BRIDGE (1) FORMS (1) Government Railway Police (1) House Rent Allowance (1) Interesting Facts (1) JAIPUR (1) LARGESS (1) LONDON (1) Lifeline Express (1) MST (1) Measures Against Fire (1) Medical Care (1) Ministry of Railway (1) News - TV (1) Passenger Security (1) RDSO (1) Rail - Roko (1) Rail Bridges (1) Rail News - Privatization (1) Rail News - Bengali (1) Rail News - Consumer Forum (1) Rail Tariff (1) Rail Tenders (1) Rail e-tickets (1) Railway Act (1) Railway Quarter (1) Railway Week (1) Rath Yatra (1) Road over Bridges work (1) SCRA (1) SKY BUS (1) Sainagar Shirdi (1) Suburban trains (1) Swadeshi (1) TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE (1) Ticket Examiner Staff (1) Track Man (1) WhatsApp (1) World Rail - New York (1) World Rail - Russia (1) World Rail - USA (1) World Rail - Washington (1) Zone - E RLY (1) Zone - N C RLY (1) Zone - North Western Railway (1) Zone - Northeast Frontier Railway (1) Zone - S E Railway (1) fire-fighting equipment (1) mobile ticket booking (1) railway station (1) smart card (1) wagon factories (1)

7th Pay Commission & Employee News Center

Followers