Considering its size, scale of operations and importance in the country’s transport infrastructure, the Railway Ministry got a political lightweight at the helm when the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. Sadananda Gowda was replaced within six months by Suresh Prabhu to turn around the Railways, but the next three years saw little perceptible change in the service.
Prabhu, it seemed, focused on getting Railways out of the cycle of under-investment and creating future network capacity through long-gestation works. That left Piyush Goyal, who took over in September 2017, to show some transformation in the rail sector before the Modi government’s term ends next year.
Maybe that is why, by all accounts, the minister has showed extraordinary urgency at every progress review meeting. Read More