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India to get 24X7 power supply: Piyush Goyal

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The government is planning to provide 24X7 cheap power to people all across the country, Minister of Power, Piyush Goyal said.

The minister said that this move was possible because the power generation in the year 2014-15 was 22,566 MW as against the set target of 17, 830 MW.

‘The states have been asked to prepare action plans (that are) specific to their particular states to ensure provision of 24X7 power to all,’ Goyal said at a conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of states and union territories in Guwahati.

Action plans have already been prepared by Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and the rest of the states will follow lead by December 15, the minister said.

He urged the state governments to improve tendering mechanism and transparent e-procurement systems to meet the demands of the public and industries.

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200 Officers to be Relocated to Strengthen Ground Operations: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

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A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede
A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede accident. ians

Mumbai, Sep 30: A day after 22 people died in a stampede on a railway foot overbridge in Mumbai, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that 200 officers will be relocated from headquarters as field staff to enhance ground operations and that additional escalators are being sanctioned at crowded Mumbai stations.

“200 officers to be relocated from Head Quarters as field staff to strengthen ground operations and project implementation,” Goyal said in a series of tweets after holding a meeting with Railway Board officials here, in the aftermath of the accident at Elphinstone foot overbridge that killed 22 people.

He also said that to eliminate bureaucracy and delays, “I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety.”

Taking a lesson from the Friday stampede at Elphinstone station, Goyal said, “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity.”

“Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations,” added Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

At least 22 commuters were killed and 39 others injured on Friday when a horrific stampede broke out on a narrow railway foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel stations when hundreds took shelter there to escape pounding rain.(IANS)

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