Kolkata: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said that projects worth over Rs.10,000 crore were being rolled out as part of a fortnight long consumer connect initiative.
“During the fortnight, projects valued over Rs.10,000 crore are being undertaken. Some of these have been completed while others are in the process of completion,” he told mediapersons on the sidelines of an event organised by Eastern Railway.
May 26 onwards, railways launched a fortnight long consumer connect programme – Railyatri Upbhokta Pakhwada – whereby the authorities have undertaken various projects to improve passenger amenities.
Senior railway officials are also interacting directly with the passengers to understand their problems as well as to create awareness about railway services.
Prabhu said that 16,000-17,000 roadshows have already been conducted during the Pakhwada.
“We have decided to focus on enhancing customer centric services,” he added.
A mobile app for women’s security has been launched in Mumbai suburban trains and may be extended to Kolkata passengers as well.
An integrated policy on cleanliness for railways is also being formulated. (IANS)
In a first-of-its-scale heritage mapping and digitisation project, Google and Ministry of Railways on Friday launched a project that aims to preserve the cultural heritage of the Indian Railways.
The two-year digitisation project “The Railways-Lifeline of a Nation” is a comprehensive digital document viewable on Google’s Arts and Culture website. It was launched at the National Rail Museum here.
The project is divided into “Journeys”, “People”, “Heritage” and “Engineering” sections, each containing visual and textual narratives that rail enthusiasts can access for free.
It comprises photographs, documentaries, text, virtual tours, 360-degree videos, online exhibits, and maps, pertaining to the Indian Railways.
Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal via video-conferencing said that the project is an experience for the “1.3 billion people of India about what the 1.3 million railway employees are doing for serving them”.
“From the Nilgiri mountains to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station, let the people of India relive their childhood… through the train journey to Madhira and through the Darjeeling toy train; let’s show them the Kangra Valley, the Kalka-Shimla experience so that it could be enjoyed by someone in Coimbatore or Ooty,” he said.
Along with several railway lines, the project also documents stories of 32 railway employees including engineers, ticket checkers, trackmen, and shunters.
Also capturing stories from the Indian Railways are other sections like the street art, literature, Bollywood, music, and sports, which demonstrate the inseparability of trains and culture.
The online project will also materialise as digital exhibits at 22 stations in India including New Delhi, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Howrah, Secunderabad and Varanasi, Google said.
The event also saw the inauguration of a permanent exhibition of these online resources in the National Rail Museum premises.