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Projects worth over Rs.10,000 crore introduced as part of Railyatri Upbhokta Pakhwada

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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)

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Kolkata Showcases in Top 100 Global Travel Destinations

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Oct 2, 2017: Kolkata is featured in the top 100 travel destinations globally alongside other Indian cities namely, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bengaluru, as indicated by Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.

Chennai stands out in India, other than emerging among the top 10 destinations in Asia Pacific when it comes to overnight visitor arrivals.

Travel and tourism in India is on the rise, an authority of a main travel house in the city told PTI.

Durga Puja festival in Kolkata is a major attraction for foreigners with at least two- to three-day stay, he said.

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According to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, there are no indications of the slowdown in travel and tourism in Asia Pacific with the region dominating visitor arrivals.

This is additionally affirmed with the main 10 cities in Asia Pacific destinations tracking the most noteworthy amount of global overnight visitor spending. Bringing USD 91.16 billion in travel use in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD74.74 billion USD) and North America (USD55.02 billion), MasterCard said in an announcement.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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