The Raebareli rail coach factory would roll out a record 2,000 coaches this year, Railways Minister Shri Piyush Goyal said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The government was committed to making Indian Railways world class in every aspect, he said.
- The minister added,”In the next 12 years we are going to invest Rs 50 lakh crore in the Indian Railways. We will do it in public private partnership. We will also give the chance to the people of this country to be part of this process.”
- On electrification of tracks, he said that out of stated target to convert 6,000 kms last year, the government has been able to complete 5,276 kms.
- In 2013-14, the length of electrified tracks in the country stood at of just 610 kms, he noted.
- Mr. Goyal said,”Looking at the dedication of the railways employees, I have confidence that we will be able to achieve the target of full electrification by 2023-24.”
- The government has identified 58 projects as “super critical” and 68 projects as “critical” and the railways is working to complete them on priority, he said.
- If the government gets support from the state governments in terms of land acquisition, investment, the projects could be implemented with greater speed, he said.
- The Katra-Banihal rail line in Jammu and Kashmir would be completed by August 2022.
- About 99.5 percent work on bio-toilets was complete and the rest would be completed soon, he said.
- In order to achieve zero carbon emissions, the Indian Railways plans to generate 20,000 mega watt of electricity through solar infrastructure, helping it meet its entire supply requirement.
- The railways has installed 2.38 lakh bio-toilets between 2014 and 2018.
- It has a capital expenditure of over Rs one lakh crore, has done doubling of 28,000 km tracks.
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