Bhopal: Railway minister Piyush Goel said that flexi-fare would continue as railway needed money to provide better facilities and services to its passengers. However, there was need for rectification in the flexi fare and railway would do it.
Goel was speaking at the award distribution ceremony for outstanding services of railway officials at Vidhan Sabha, here on Monday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan was chief guest at the programme which was also attended by minister of state for railways, Manoj Sinha, chairman of railway board (CRB) Ashwani Lohani and other senior officials.
In reply to volley of questions regarding increasing fare under flexi-fare scheme, the Union minister said “It is need of the hour and railway too needs it badly to ensure better facilities for passengers. Many development works like introducing hi-tech technologies, doubling the tracks, track repairing, and bridge maintenance are simultaneously going on and we need fund for it. Basically, the railway generates earning from fare and fright and out main motto is let us bring charm on railway track”.
He said, “For bullet train, PM Narendra Modi and the railways are batting front foot like in IPL cricket match as the facility has been urgency for young generation. In fact, I myself prefer bullet train to flights. Even, demands for bullet trains are pouring in from other parts of the country as well, like a bullet train has been demanded on the Agra- Varanasi route.”
“We are more concerned about safety and security in the train and we are leaving no stone unturned for conducive atmosphere in railways with better technologies and facilities being provided to the passengers.”
Urgent need to focus on sanitation and safety in trains: CM
CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan in his address said “I prefer train against flight for journey. I always wanted trains like CM –Tirath Yojana to facilitate senior citizens visit religious places. I usually enjoy lunch with family in Rail-Coach like restaurant developed by MP Tourism. There is need to focus on sanitation, safety and security in trains. PM Narendra Modi and the entire railways department have been working on it round the clock. Situation has changed after PM Modi took charge of the government in 2014.” The CM also thanked the Centre for allocating Rs 6000 grant to develop railways in the state.