India is nowhere close to the top countries when it comes to railway infrastructure.
The petitioner contended that for several years the trains were operated with six general compartments and they had been reduced to four and the poor passengers had been hit hard during the festival seasons.
Instead of the railways issuing tenders for electrification of only 30-40 km, it will now give tenders of for minimum of 500 km of track, according to a report in the Mint.
The suggestion has come in the wake of the September 29 Elphinstone bridge stampede in Mumbai that killed 23 people. Both the GRP and the RPF work to secure railway premises and trains.
He chaired a nine-hour meeting with top railway officials in Mumbai to review passenger safety measures in response to the deadly stampede at the footbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railways stations
The Railways has taken a series of decisions to improve passenger safety including giving high priority to foot overbridges and installing CCTV cameras.
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.
Sources told the news channel that the ministry has already started meeting with major cement, steel and iron ore companies to help push up their targets.
The Modi government had unveiled the first rake of the Mahamana Express as part of railways' Model Rake Project in 2016.
A coach of Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed today at the New Delhi Railway station in the national capital, but no one was injured in the incident, a Northern Railway spokesperson said.
China has been aggressively marketing its high-speed rail technology abroad and in the past lobbied hard to get the first contract in India. It had taken up a feasibility study for the New Delhi-Chennai corridor but no headway has been made in this regard so far.
Last week, sources familiar with the matter said two of China's most acquisitive conglomerates, HNA Group and Anbang Insurance Group, had separately considered bidding for the German insurer Allianz SE.
The engine of the Kashi Vishwanath Express derailed at the New Delhi Railway Station while going towards the yard today, a railway official said.
"Third train derailment today (Thursday). Safety in shambles. Modi Sarkar should be renamed as 'Derailment Sarkar'," tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Acknowledging their presence of mind and the services rendered on the day of the accident, Railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani said, "They (the drivers) displayed sincerity, dedication and performed like true railwaymen. And, we therefore recognise their services"
The present structure slows down decision-making, promotes inefficiency and increases transaction costs, the committee, headed by the director general, personnel, said in its report.
Speaking to reporters at Mantralaya, Gadgil, an architect and a town planner said he had way back in 1997 recommended construction of such an elevated rail track whereby in times of the recent deluge of August 29 or July 26, 2005, people could have without facing hardships able to leave their workplaces in South Mumbai and head home.
The Union cabinet had, in April, approved the setting up of the tariff regulator for the Indian Railways.
A new government will be in place in the state in 2018 and will take forward the railway connectivity work and work for land acquisition, he said.
"It(railways) will not only help in intercommunication but will also help the farming community to export their produce to different parts of the country and fetch them high income."
According to a statement issued by the railways, Lohani told young officers of the northern division that it was a time for deep introspection to find the maladies and shortcomings that plagued the system, and look for long-term solutions rather than quick fixes.
Despite having offered to resign recently in light of the increasing number of train accidents, in his tenure of two years Prabhu was seen to have brought passenger friendly reforms in the country’s largest public sector enterprise.
The criticism comes as PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe are expected to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the Rs 1 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train in September.
Data shows that the recent accidents are not isolated incidents.
Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony and inauguration of various railway projects worth Rs 3425 crore by railways in the state, Das said Jharkhand was lagging behind as far as railway was concerned but things improved ever since Narendra Modi-led government came to power.