Newly appointed Minister for Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal, speaking on “India’s Road Ahead” at the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata spoke of various measures that can be undertaken to improve the latest addition to his portfolio, the railways.
Talking of safety, he elaborated on the particular aspect of track inspection. According to the minister, railway lines in India are still being checked manually. “There is a linesman who walks along the track and uses something with which he checks the track and by the sound of it he knows whether there is a fracture or is it ok. His mandate is to do six kilometres everyday” he explained. This being so, the minister said that he had been told that this would require hiring 260,000 more people to make Indian railways safe. Read More…
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