NEW DELHI: The Centre for Transportation Research and Management (C-TRAM), an autonomous body of transport professionals, has organised a National Rail Transport Seminar with the theme “Railways for Sustainable Development” here on Saturday.
Addressing the inaugural session of the seminar, Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board and Ex-officio President of CTRAM, highlighted the major initiatives taken by the Railways Ministry.
He said that the history of Indian Railways would regard 2015-16 to 2017-18 as a watershed years when the task of modernizing and transforming Indian Railways joined integrally, the mainstream agenda of Government of India.
“The merger of the Rail Budget with General Budget in 2017-18 was in fact, a part of the larger transformation agenda of the government for Indian Railways”, said Mr Jamshed.
“On the CAPEX front, the total capital and development expenditure of IR since 2014-15 has risen from Rs 54000 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 94,000 cr in 2015-16 and 1.11 Lakh crore in 2016-17 and is targeted at 1.31 lakh crore in 2017-18. This is slated for further increase in the coming years’, he further added.
A large number of initiatives have been taken in the passenger sector, including steps to enhance ease of ticketing especially with IT aids, promoting digital transactions, to meet passenger demands by creation of more capacity , fresh customer specific train products ,Improvements in the quality of travel experience were the other important issues explained by him.
The other notable speakers at the seminar included Ms Martha Lawrence, Senior Railway Specialist, World Bank, Mr. Michael Williamson, Head of Office, Sub-regional Office for South & South-West Asia, UN-ESCAP.
The seminar was attended by Senior Railway Officials, Retired Railway Officials, Transport Professionals & Experts, Industry Representatives, and Academicians.
CTRAM, an autonomous body of transport professionals – recognized by the Ministry of Railways was established as a Society in December, 1998. Majority of Membership is of IRTS Officers. One of the key objectives of CTRAM is to provide a forum for cross sectoral and cross functional dialogue between policy makers, professionals and academics on issues pertaining to transportation and logistics and focus on issues facing the transport sector in India and suggest solutions.
The centre works under the guidance of a Governing Council comprising senior Railway Professional and is headed by Member Traffic/Railway Board as its ex-officio President. Additional Member(Traffic) is its ex-officio Vice-President.
The Centre also collaborate with other established Institutes and Organizations working in the field of transportation management with particular emphasis on Transport Economics, Marketing, Customer Support, Information Technology, Multi-Modal and Urban Transportation etc.