The Railway administration at the highest level has
decided to continue the momentum in loading and freight movement during the
current financial year. Freight operations of the Railways have helped in
contributing to the economic and industrial activities of the country in a big
way said railway minister Piyush Goyal.
The railway minister said the thrust of the Railway's
annual plan 2021-22 is on infrastructure development, throughput enhancement,
development of terminal facilities, augmentation of speed of trains, improving
signalling systems, improvement of passenger amenities and safety works
The minister who was reviewing the work of various
railway zones in the country said the total capital expenditure outlay of the
railways is of the order of Rs 2.15
crores for the current financial year. This includes highest ever contribution
by the government to the railways in terms of gross budgetary support at Rs
1.07 lakh crores, Rs 7500 crores from internal resources of the railways and Rs
one lakh crores from external budgetary resources.
Covid precautions must continue to
be adhered to by Railways
The Minister said that Infrastructure projects under
various stages of completion(Mostly in Northern and Western India) must be
monitored on a daily basis and all timelines should be adhered to. Covid
precautions must continue to be adhered to by Railways.
Indian Railways must continue to optimise and reduce
the costs and further improve all productivities to make this year an
exceptional year in spite of Covid.
The Minister encouraged the officials from across the
Railway zones to share with the Board their
best practices and policy suggestions for National Optimisation. These
suggestions could be about anything that can contribute to better passenger
services, safety, revenue generation, freight & business development,
increasing the speed or anything.
Minister asked the Board to study
best practices of zones
The Minister asked the Railway Board to study the best
practices of zones at earliest. Great practices or ideas that are being
implemented at one place can be then replicated at other places and national
optimisation can be achieved. The Energy expenses on running of trains should
further be rationalised.
The Minister said that record Capex allocation
in the historic budget is an opportunity for capacity expansion and creating
the foundation of future ready Railways.