Mumbai : Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday emphasised that he would go ahead with his motto to modernise Indian railways. Prabhu was in the city to flag off several special trains and passenger amenities at a function conducted at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT).
The bi-weekly Antyodaya Express and ‘Make in India’ train which is built with good ventilation and better seating arrangements was flagged off by the Railway Minister. While addressing the media, Prabhu said that his aim was to provide better facilities to the common man while travelling in a train. “Every common man travelling by ‘Antyodaya Express’ will get an experience of travelling in a first class compartment as it is the first fully unreserved compartment. The train has facilities of drinking water and mobile charging points which are the basic needs of a commuter,” said Prabhu.
Prabhu also promised to expand the facility of E-catering services on express trains for passengers. “This E-catering service would help the passengers in express trains to order food of their choice from private caterers,” added Prabhu
The foundation stone of the fourth line was laid between Bhusaval to Jalgoan with the help of a video link. The new line will benefit people residing in Khandesh.
Prabhu also raised the need to speed up the construction of two elevated corridors namely from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Panvel and Bandra to Virar. He also inaugurated a mechanised power laundry system at LTT having a capacity of 13,000 bed rolls per day.
A solar power system was installed at Churchgate at a cost of Rs 75 lakh. “The solar power plant at Churchgate would generate 1.5 lakh unit of energy per year. This is an initiative towards conservation of energy and it would also help in saving electric bills,” added Prabhu.