Thursday, June 17, 2021
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Slowing of projects worries Railways

The lack of progress in key railway projects throughout the nation was leading to an “embarrassing” scenario for the Ministry of Railways throughout overview conferences convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in line with the Railway Board.

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In an advisory issued on Thursday to basic managers of all Zonal Railways, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd., IRCON International Ltd., Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd., and different main development organisations, the Railway Board mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi was monitoring a number of railway projects by means of the Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) portal.

Drone visuals

Besides assessing information administration and evaluation, geo-spatial purposes and video-conference inputs, Mr. Modi was additionally viewing movies captured by drones of the venture websites to overview the progress.

“It is seen that regular monitoring and follow-up is not being done for these projects and issues discussed before Prime Minister and this results in embarrassing situation for Ministry of Railways. Targets given by Zonal Railways/PSUs during meetings are frequently changed and this gets adversely commented upon during meetings,” the advisory mentioned.

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The Railway Board was referring to 90 projects throughout India the progress of which had been mentioned in 36 conferences (from 25/03/2015 to 24/02/2021). The listed projects included the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (1,856 km), Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla (272 km), Mumbai Urban Transport Project (Phase-II), Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (508 km), Madurai-Thoothukudi through Aruppukottai (144 kms), Angamali-Sabarimala Line (111 km) and others.

The observe mentioned officers engaged on these projects could also be sensitised to keep away from procedural delays and comply with up with different statutory authorities and State governments for early completion of the projects.

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