Rail Analysis India June Digital Magazine 2018 - Page 22

24 | Article News of the Month 4 Year Achievements & Initiatives of the Ministry of Railways Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal, addressed the media on the four-year achievements of the ministries under his charge. Shri Goyal was joined by Minister of State of Communication (I/c) & Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha and Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain (through Guwahati VC link), and also Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board on the occasion. Shri Goyal also interacted via video conferencing with media present at 12 cities – Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chennai, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Pune, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi. Shri Piyush Goyal released a booklet highlighting the achievements in the Railways and Coal Ministries in the past four years. Two mobile Applications – the ‘Rail Madad’ and ‘Menu on Rails’ were also launched on the occasion. Shri Goyal reiterated Government’s resolve of Service to the Nation under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary will be celebrated in 2019. Indian Railways has also focused on digital initiatives and transparency and accountability. E- reverse auction policy being introduced, which could help save approximately Rs. 20,000 crore. Simpler approval processes in Research Designs and Standards Organisation reduced process timeline from 30 months to 6 months. PM Modi Asks Indian Railways To Use Technology Developed Through ‘Make in India’ For Its Rs 78,000 Crore New Signalling Project New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the railways to use technology developed through ‘Make in India’ for its ambitious Rs 78,000 crore new signalling project, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said. The national transporter was assessing the delay it could cause in overhauling the century-old system, he added. More Information: • • • www.railanalysis.com The PM had made suggestions on 2 projects of the railways — signalling & electrification — at a meeting held earlier this year, Goyal said. He said,“Keeping in mind the Make in India initiative and the fact that three Indian companies are already trying to develop the signalling system, Modi suggested that we should consider indigenous technology also and in case it is found suitable, we should give preference to it.” The minister said,“We will simultaneously support the indigenous manufacturers to come up to the level of the international players. In any case, any project with • • international technology will largely be made in India for it to be cost-effective.” The initial plan of the railways was to roll out the signalling system, based on the ETCS (European Train Control System) Level-2, across its network Global suppliers like Siemens, Thales, Alstom, Bombarider, Ansaldo, STS, CAF, and the Memec Group could be considered for it, sources said. www.railanalysis.com