The government has no plans to privatise railways
railway minister Piyush Goyal refuting speculations over the move following the
handing over certain operations of the national transport carrier to the
Addressing a press conference in the national
capital on June eleventh on the achievements of his ministry in the past four
years, Goyal said that there were no proposals for such a move and it would not
happen in the future as well. Let me make it very clear that there are no plans
to privatise railways, either now or ever,” he said.
The railways seeking foreign investment in areas
such as technological upgradation and modernisation had raised concerns over
the national transporter being handed over to private entities. This concern
was flagged by the railway unions which demanded more clarity from the ministry.
Listing the achievements of his ministry, Goyal
said that there had been an increase of 59 per cent in the average pace of
commissioning of new lines from 4.1 km per day between 2009 and 2014 to 6.53 km
per day during 2014-2018.
Goyal, who addressed the regional media in 12
cities simultaneously through video-conferencing, also said that concerns over
the government’s ambitious bullet train project would be soon resolved and that
the project was on track.
“The bullet train project is on track. In this country
there are always issues linked to any developmental project and new ideas. But
we have to find solutions and move forward,” Goyal said.
The minister also launched two mobile
applications - ‘Rail Madad’ to help customers with complaints and ‘Menu On
Rails’ through which passengers can see meals on offer on-board trains.