Mr. Arunendra Kumar, Chairman Railway Board on Friday disclosed that train journey by end of this calendar between Delhi to Agra would be completed within 90 minutes with medium speed trains running within the tracks between the two cities. Currently, railways take close to three hours to travel between Delhi and Agra.
Addressing Global Rail Convention-2014 organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Kumar also disclosed that similar arrangements would follow for Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Kanpur for railway commuters for which no particular time frame was prescribed by him.
Keeping in view the tourism and the historical perspective that Delhi–Agra provide for, the railways have been planning for long to cut short the railway journey to commute between Delhi and Agra within the shortest possible time, arrangements have been worked out as for which medium speed trains would be running between Delhi and Agra for which the commuting time would not exceed more than one and half hour, assured the Railway Board Chairman.
In a bid to further effect the modernization of Indian railways with broad basing its safety net, the Indian railways have been aggressively receiving foreign and private investments from serious stake holders and accordingly, whatever investments targets are planned for 12th Five Year Plan period to achieve its modernization, these would be realized, pointed out Mr. Kumar.
On the railways corridors projects, especially proposed for Delhi-Mumbai Corridor, States such as Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have come forward to finance the project within their respective jurisdiction on mutually beneficial conditions, explained Mr. Kumar.
Mr. Sharad Jaipuria, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in his welcome remarks praised the Indian railways for performing its job so perfectly in the middle of so much of expectations and aspirations of people of India. He, however, suggested that since expansion and modernization of Indian railways need billion of dollars, the railways should encourage private sector participation with hundred per cent foreign equity also.
Among others who were the part of the panel discussion comprised Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, Chairman, Railways Committee, PHD Chamber and its Vice President Mr. Mahesh Gupta and Executive Director, Mr. Saurabh Sanyal.