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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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