Entering one billion tonne club matter of pride: Rly Board chairman

New Delhi: Railways Board chairman Vinay Mittal today said Indian Railways entering the select one billion tonne club, which was hitherto the preserve of only three countries, during fiscal 2012-13 is a matter of pride for all railway men.

Indian Railways entered the select one billion tonne club by achieving loading of about 1,010 million tonnes during fiscal 2012-13, which was hitherto the preserve of only three countries.

Addressing a gathering at the 58th Railway Week Award function organised by the Railway Board here, Mr Mittal said that in a

scenario where the core sector remained sluggish, this is no mean achievement as the incremental loading itself stood at 40 million tonnes.

Mr Mittal said that Public Private Participation received focused attention with a slew of freight incentive schemes getting introduced or getting modified for being more customer-friendly.

A new policy with five participative models for incentivising private investment in last-mile-rail connectivity projects was rolled out for connecting ports, mines and industrial hubs.

Similarly, renewed thrust was given to the comfort of passengers by introducing special schemes in catering and cleanliness, modifying the Tatkal scheme to prevent misuse and by promoting internet ticketing which now covers 48 per cent of the total reserved tickets.