The Consultative Committee meeting of Members of Parliament for Ministry of Railways was held in Srinagar today i.e. 9th July, 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways is committed to provide better railway connectivity in North-Eastern States and in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The Minister emphasised that the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi has been emphasising on ensuring all-round development especially in infrastructure sector in Jammu & Kashmir State as well as in North-Eastern States. Shri Suresh Prabhu pointed out that the most of the railway projects have been declared national projects in these regions and adequate funds for them have been arranged from Govt. of India. The Minister said that efforts are being made to provide connectivity to all capitals of North Eastern states by 2020. Similarly, the work is going on on the railway connectivity project between Katra and Banihal. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the Railways have made spectacular achievements and created engineering marvels despite challenging geological conditions, difficult terrain and adverse law and order situation. The field units in these regions have also been empowered for faster decision making to expedite execution. The projects are being constantly monitored both at Zonal level and at Railway Board level. There is also a periodical review at the level of the Railway Minister, he pointed out. We are also working on timely completion of the projects so as to avoid cost over-run and time over-run. Referring to the recently concluded Railyatri / Upbhokta Pakhwada (Passenger and customer Facilitation fortnight) organised successfully all over the Indian Railways, the Minister said that the unprecedented and historical nationwide massive public outreach event created a very positive atmosphere between railway administration and the railway users. The Senior Railway Functionaries interacted with the public during this fortnight and worked for resolving their problems. Many new projects were commissioned during this period and the entire Railway machinery was galvanised for improving railway facilities and developing infrastructure.
The Members of the Committee participating in the meeting made several suggestions regarding passenger amenities and on expediting railway projects. Committee members later on visited Srinagar Railway Station.
Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital, Railway Board Members, Senior Officials from Ministry of Railways and Northern Railway were among those present on the occasion.
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