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Kolkata: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Friday that 110 commitments were fulfilled by the ministry to provide better services to passengers.

Prabhu, who flagged off several new trains from the Howrah station, also said that the much-delayed East-West Metro Railway project would be completed in the next two and a half years.

“As a part of offering better customer service, we have been working on a few initiatives. There were many initiatives taken and I am very happy to say that at least 110 of Budget commitments have been fulfilled”, Prabhu told the media persons.

The minister said one of the areas where the railways made progress was ticketing by improving the website of the IRCTC for online bookings, including for daily and monthly tickets.

He also stressed on the cleanliness drive in the trains and added that mechanised laundries have helped immensely.

“With collaboration, we can make railways more clean. We have also started mechanised laundries wherever possible. It has helped us immensely in the cleaning process. And our idea is to have more of such laundries”, the minister said.

“We have also started onboard cleanliness services. If you feel your place is unclean, you have to send us an SMS and the railway staff will be there in some time to clean it up”, he added.

Prabhu also said that new coaches are being brought in to replace the old ones and it would change the travelling experience.

“Other issues that people face are about the train’s interiors. It has not undergone change for some time. The new coaches that have come are really far superior to the ones we have. You will feel like air travel while travelling in a train”, he said.

“I know, it is a small beginning as there are thousands of coaches and changing all of them would need some time and money”, the minister said.

“If someone wants to have rasogolla in Delhi, it will be delivered to him from the counter. Customers have been, therefore, given a choice about the type of food they want”, he added.(IANS)

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Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu advocates major push for complete Digitalisation of Indian Railways

The conference focused on building a road map for transforming the Indian Railways into a completely digital enterprise

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New Delhi, March 27, 2017: Advocating major push for complete digitalisation of the Indian Railways, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday said the move could prove to be a game changer as it would result in saving billions of dollars.

Prabhu said a holistic approach for digitalisation of the Railways in partnership with the IT industry would benefit both the Railways as well as the vendors who partner with it in different spheres.

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“We are working on an integrated, comprehensive strategy to leverage information technology for improvements in systems and processes, and to enhance efficiency,” Prabhu said at a conference on “Building Digital Railway for Digital India” here.

The conference focused on building a road map for transforming the Indian Railways into a completely digital enterprise.

“It (complete digitalisation) will be a game changer if the Railways can save six billion dollars by investing two billion dollars,” Prabhu said.

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The minister, however, warned that cyber security should be kept in mind while going for digital platforms.

The Indian Railways One Information and Communication Technology (IR-OneICT) Platform is an initiative to enable Indian Railways to deliver goods and services in tune with the demands by creation of logistics and transport capacity enabled by digital platform.

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It aims to use digital technology to better connect the goods and services with the market.

“The better capacity and asset utilisation would mean helping Indian Railways in running more trains, carrying more freight, providing better and reliable services to the passenger, increased revenues and safe operations,” a government statement said. (IANS)

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Railway Minister launches first phase of station redevelopment Program for 23 major Railway Stations across India

The Railways will provide 140 acres of encroachment-free land for the development of these stations under a public-private partnership (PPP) model

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New Delhi, Feb 8, 2017: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday launched the first phase of station redevelopment programme for 23 major railway stations across the country.

As part of the programme, the Railways will take up 400 stations in 100 top cities for redevelopment into smart stations, equipped with self-ticketing system, escalators and better amenities for the passengers.

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 The entire project, that is being touted as the world’s largest such programme, will use at least 2,200 acres of land and see investments worth Rs 1 lakh crore.

The 23 stations that will be redeveloped in the first phase include Chennai Central, Ranchi, Udaipur City, Indore, Yesvantpur, Bangalore Cantonment, Visakhapatnam, Howrah, Kamakhya, Faridabad, Jammu Tawi, Secunderabad, Vijayawada, Kozhikode and Bhopal.

The first phase will utilise a budget of Rs 6000-9000 crore, and the tenders will awarded through free bidding.

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The Railways will provide 140 acres of encroachment-free land for the development of these stations under a public-private partnership (PPP) model.

Speaking at the occasion, Prabhu said that “the Railways have certain advantages out of which one is holding of land on a large-scale” and that stations are a place “where lots of people wait to board a train and thus Railway Stations can be developed into an iconic property”.

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He said that smart stations are a prerequisite of a smart city and upon completion a total of 16 million passengers will be able enjoy the facilities at these stations.

Other amenities at the redeveloped stations will include digital signage, executive lounges, luggage screening machines, walkways, holding areas for passengers, grand and distinctive roofing and flooring, and free and paid Wi-Fi, among others. (IANS)

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Indore-Patna Express Accident: Some of the Injured Passengers Receive Banned Notes Mysteriously

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Pukhrayan (UP), November 21, 2016: Some of the passengers who were injured in the Indore-Patna Express, train derailment here on Monday mysteriously received cash, and they were mostly in the denomination of scrapped Rs 500 notes, while they were in a hospital.

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On knowing the matter, the authorities promised to look into the matter.

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Commissioner of Kanpur Zone Iftikharuddin said that he will get the matter inquired by the Chief Medical Officer of Mati Hospital in Kanpur Dehat district where such cases were reported.

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According to PTI, “Over 120 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, nearly half of them grievously, when 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express derailed here in Kanpur rural area in the wee hours today due to suspected rail fracture.”

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Among those who received Rs 5000 cash were by some unknown people were Asha Mishra and Anil. Both of them were given 10 notes of Rs 500, which are no more valid.

One of the relatives of one of the injured claimed that the person who gave the money told her that the cash was given to them by the railways.

However, there was no confirmation as to whether the money was actually sent by the railways or not.

A BJP leader R P Singh said, “We don’t know really who distributed it, whether it was some political party or employees of the railways. I immediately tweeted to (Railways Minister) Suresh Prabhu and got confirmation from him that he will look into this matter.”

While commenting on the development, he termed it as “very sad” development. he said, “If railway authorities have done it, even then it is sad and if some politician has done it, then it’s more upsetting because you can’t rub salt on people’s wounds.

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He further added, “If railway authorities have done it, even then it is sad and if some politician has done it, then it’s more upsetting because you can’t rub salt on people’s wounds.

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs