Less than a month after coming back to power with an absolute majority, the Narendra Modi government has approved a ‘100 Days Action Plan’ of the Ministry of Railways. Approved by railway minister Piyush Goyal, the items in the action plan are to be implemented by August 31.
In addition to providing wi-fi at all railway stations, installing advanced signaling systems and eliminating all manned level crossings on the golden quadrilateral and diagonals, the action plan also aims to restructure the railways, corporatise railway production units, ‘redevelop’ 50 railway stations and urge passengers to give up subsidy on train tickets.
The Debroy committee had suggested corporatisation of the Indian railways and encouraging private sector participation in its 2015 report. The action plan can be seen as a continuation of implementing the recommendation of the committee. Read More