Telangana high on priority list for Capital Investment to finance Rail Projects: Piyush Goyal

Rail Minister dedicates and launches various Rail developmental Programs. Flags off the extension of Kacheguda–Nizamabad Passenger Train up to Karimnagar

SECUNDERABAD: Rail infrastructure development took a significant leap forward in Telangana State as Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs; Govt. of India launched various passenger amenities/facilities and flagged off the extension of Kacheguda – Nizamabad passenger train up to Karimnagar at a function held at Secunderabad Railway Station today i.e, 15th June, 2018. The Minister also dedicated a host of rail infra works which have been completed, to the nation.

Addressing the huge gathering assembled at the function, Piyush Goyal expressed happiness at the pace of rail development in the state of Telangana, being undertaken by South Central Railway. Highlighting the priority of the Rail Ministry towards the state, the Rail Minister stated that Telangana is witness to the best period of rail development in the last four years with the Capital Investment for rail projects rising from Rs. 258 cr in 2014 to Rs.1813 cr in the current fiscal 2018-19, an staggering increase of over 600%. Speaking on the plans of Indian Railways to enhance efficiency, the Rail Minister spoke of the plan to optimize asset utilization in a smart way by means of skillful handling of maintenance time of trains, so as to reduce the same.

Elaborating on the infra projects which have been launched today, Piyush Goyal stated that, provision of LED lighting at all 224 railway stations and 561 service buildings in Telangana will lead to a saving of Rs. 1.7 cr per annum. With regard to the spread of Wi-Fi facility at railway stations, the Rail Minister spoke of this measure as a Government of India’s Digital India initiative to bring the access to internet at the door steps of the masses. The provision of Wi-Fi at 20 rural railway stations is bound to bring a communication revolution. The example of Gollapalli station where a Government school adjacent to the railway station is able to access the Wi-Fi signals, enabling teachers make use of the same to augment student learning, is a pointer to this direction, the Minister added. He also stressed on the need to harness solar energy towards a better environment and appreciated SCR’s endeavor in this direction.

Piyush Goyal, who also flagged off the Kacheguda – Nizamabad passenger on its extended run to Karimnagar, detailed on the benefits of this rail service which will enhance mobility in North Telangana. He assured that the Mumbai LTT – Nizamabad Express will also extended to Karimnagar. The Peddapalli – Karimnagar – Nizamabad new rail line project was sanctioned in 1994, but picked up pace and reached completion in the last four years with the budgetary allocations being increased in tune with its importance. Likewise, other major projects of Jaggayapet – Melacheruvu –Janpahad and Manoharabad – Kothapalli new line projects are also accorded high priority, the Minister informed. Stressing on the need for fast decision making, the Rail Minister stated that expansion of Cherlapalli Terminal will be taken up soon and steps will be taken to facilitate provision of multi level car parking at Ganesh Temple towards Platform No.1 side of Secunderabad Railway Station. A skywalk connecting Secunderabad Railway station with the new Hyderabad Metro station will be provided, he added.

Earlier, Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR in his welcome address, said that SCR is rendering a commendable performance under the dynamic leadership of Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal. The Zone has registered the best growth of 12% in its originating gross earnings in the last financial year. Safety is high on SCR’s priority and as per the directives of the Rail Ministry, SCR is on the mission mode to eliminate Unmanned Railway Level Crossings. Upgradation works related to track maintenance and renewals have been taken up in a big way while punctuality of trains is being monitored at the highest level. The execution of infra structure projects is also proceeding fast said the General Manager and added that in Telangana 152 Kms of new railway line have been completed in the last four years.

A booklet on 4 years achievements of Railways in Telangana state showcasing the entire development of Railways during the period was also released on the occasion by the Hon’ble Rail Minister.

Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Secunderabad; Ms K.Kavitha, Hon’ble Member of Parliament; Md.Mahood Ali, Deputy Chief Minister, Telangana also spoke on the occasion. The dignitaries present at the program included Naini Narsimha Reddy & T. Padma Rao Goud, Hon’ble Ministers of Telangana; Bonthu Rammohan, Hon’ble Mayor, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation; D.Srinivas, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Dr K.Laxman,G. Kishan Reddy, N.V.S.S.Prabhakar Hon’ble MLA’s and K. Ramchander Rao, Hon’ble MLC. At Nizamabad, P. Srinivas Reddy, Hon’ble Minister Telangana was present.

The programs which were held are detailed as below:

  • Dedication of LED lighting provided at all Railway Stations and service buildings over Telangana state to the Nation
  • Dedication of Wi-Fi at 20 rural Railway Stations in Telangana state to the Nation
  • Dedication of RCC washable apron along with coach watering facility on Platform No.7 at Secunderabad Railway
  • Dedication of two passenger lifts on Platform Nos. 1 & 10 at Secunderabad Railway Station to the Nation
  • Foundation stone for 4th Foot Over Bridge at Secunderabad Railway Station
  • Receiving of Platinum Green Rating Certificate to Secunderabad Railway Station from CII-IGBC (the first ever Railway station on Indian Railways)
  • Dedication of Solar plat 400 KWp at Kacheguda Railway Station to the Nation
  • Dedication of passenger lift on Platform No. 4/5 at Kacheguda Railway Station to the Nation
  • Inauguration of Bio-Toilets on Platform Nos. 2/3 and 4/5 at Kacheguda Railway Station
  • Dedication of two Escalators on Platform Nos.1 & 5/6 at Hyderabad Railway Station to the Nation
  • Flagging off extension of Train No. 57601Kacheguda – Nizamabad passenger up to Karimnagar (via remote video link).

Piyush Goyal addresses Biennial General Body Meeting of SCR Employees Sangh

Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs; Govt. of India was the Chief Guest at the Biennial General Body Meeting of SCR Employees Sangh held at Rail Kalarang, Bhoiguda, Secunderabad today i.e., 15th June, 2018. Addressing the meeting, the Minister said that Indian Railways should celebrate itself as the best in the world, with the spirit of oneness coming from its family of employees. The Indian Railway system should strive to become the safest in the world and it is the collective responsibility of the entire workforce to showcase its image as the best. Speaking on the close bond of the organization with the Nation, Piyush Goyal spoke on the deep connection that it’s shared with the father of the nation the Mahatma Gandhi. Every Railway Employee should introspect on the need of enhancing quality of services by means of treating – Customer as the King. Every second and each rupee of the railways is valuable and Indian Railways not be allowed to be privatized, Piyush Goyal made clear. The Minister appreciated the General Manager, SCR for implementing innovative ideas and fast tracking development on the Zone. M.Raghavaiah, General Secretary, NFIR and SCR Employees Sangh and Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR were present.

Rail Minister holds review meeting at SCR Headquarters

Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs; Govt. of India held a review meeting with Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR and all Principal Heads of Departments of the Zone at SCR Head quarters, Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad today i.e., 15th June, 2018. Addressing the officials, the Rail Minister called upon everyone to work on a mission mode to enhance the Punctuality of train services, Cleanliness and Catering standards. Maintaining Punctuality should become the part of the work culture, he stressed. He advised the officials to identify root causes and undertake corrective measures in the aspects of customer service. He wanted an action plan to be implemented in catering services, directed towards reforms for betterment. On a pilot basis, billing of services in Hyderabad – New Delhi Telangana Express has been digitized and the same will be implemented in a phased manner in other trains services. The quality of drinking water at stations should be monitored. The Minister wanted measures to be put to action towards optimizing cleanliness all over Indian Railways so that a qualitative change can be brought about by 02nd October, 2018, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Piyush Goyal appreciated SCR for taking the lead in various aspects of transforming the Railways which has yielded good results for the Zone.