Rail Analysis India June Digital Magazine 2018 - Page 52

54 | Article Four-Year Achievements & Initiatives of the Ministry of Railways Images Credit : Piyush Goyal Twitter Handle U nion 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, www.railanalysis.com Article Source : PIB whose 150th birth anniversary will be celebrated in 2019. In the past four years, the Government has made safety the top priority of Indian Railways keeping in mind the philosophy of ‘Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas’. Safety has reigned supreme with consequential train accidents reduced to 62% from 118 in 2013-14 to 73 in 2017-18. Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) fund of Rs. 1 Lakh Cr has been allocated for safety expenditure over 5 years. Addressing the issue of unsafe crossings on a war footing, 5,479 Unmanned Level Crossings have been eliminated in the last four years. 1.1 lakh safety posts are also being filled-up through recruitment amongst other measures to improve safety. Laying the foundations of infrastructure for a New India, there has been a quantum leap in capital expenditure, with the average annual capital expenditure in last 4 years being more than double of average during 2009-14. Railways is connecting India at a faster pace with a 59% increase in the average pace of commissioning new lines from 4.1 km (2009- 14) to 6.53 Kms per day (2014-18). Commuter travel in urban India received a boost with major investments earmarked for Bengaluru suburban system (Rs. www.railanalysis.com