Goyal adds that Jay Shah will sue The Wire for Rs 100 crore for article making “false, derogatory and defamatory imputation” against him.
Speaking at the International Conference on Technological Advancements in Railway and Metro Projects, Goyal also said that budget allocations are a limitation and tend to hold back research and innovation.
Goyal was speaking on the sidelines of the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Monetising the real estate assets as well as fast tracking some of the existing investment plans would generate a lot of employment opportunities in the railways and the ecosystem around it, he said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is keen to be a beneficiary of the 2.6 billion-dollar deal between the Railways and General Electric, reports NDTV.
The Railways has taken a series of decisions to improve passenger safety including giving high priority to foot overbridges and installing CCTV cameras.
The minister said that he met ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar few days back and Indian Railways along with RailTel are working together to explore use of space technology for safety in railways.
The Central Railway will introduce 14 additional suburban services on its harbour line and trans-harbour line each, while the Western Railway would introduce 32 new services on its corridor, which will be effective from October 1," said a statement issued by the Central and Western Railway today.
Piyush Goyal's comments came after GE said this week that the Indian government's 'Make in India' initiative would be undermined if the railway ministry went ahead with changes to a joint venture with the conglomerate.
General Electric had won a $2.6 billion contract in 2015 to supply Indian Railways with 1,000 diesel locomotives. As per the deal, GE is to build a manufacturing facility in Bihar, and two maintenance sheds elsewhere in the country, to service the locomotives over 11 years.
He was referring to 'Saubhagya - Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana' which is speculated to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 6 pm on Monday.
The important things which are involved in the process include availability of equipment and adequate infrastructure.
In a letter addressed to all zonal general managers, the railway board has said that Goyal has asked that food served to passengers has the name of the supplier or contractor, weight, date of packing and a distinct symbol indicating if it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
After her elevation as defence minister, Sitharaman has become a member of the cabinet committee on security headed by the prime minister. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely was till recently holding the additional charge of defence after Manohar Parrikar quit the Union Cabinet in March.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe are scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the much-anticipated bullet train project on September 14.
The Union Railways and Coal minister Piyush Goyal today blamed the state governments and power plants for the critical condition in some thermal power plants for want of coal.
"Third train derailment today (Thursday). Safety in shambles. Modi Sarkar should be renamed as 'Derailment Sarkar'," tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
The government has been working to achieve the goals of 24X7 power for all, debt free efficient discoms, clean energy power capacity of 175 GW by 2022 and revival over 40 GW stressed power assets.
Piyush Goyal said it is also the reflection of the government's fight against the corruption and black money.
"Despite rapidly falling battery costs, we expect a long- range electric vehicle (EV) to remain too expensive for mainstream adoption without major government subsidies," UBS said in a research note.
The meeting was attended by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and senior officials in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), sources added.
The industry has claimed that though the government has said GST would be applied to solar modules at a concessional rate of 5 percent, there is still no clarity on whether it will be extended to other equipment as well.
Power minister Piyush Goyal said the government has set a deadline of August 15, 2022 for electrification of all households in the country and May 2018 for the electrification of all villages.