HON’BLE MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS INAUGURATED A NUMBER OF PASSENGER AMENITY PROJECTS, DEDICATED DOUBLING PROJECTS
AT DR. B C ROY AUDITORIUM, SEALDAH, KOLKATA
Kolkata, June 6, 2015
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways inaugurated a number of passenger amenity projects, dedicated doubling projects, laid the foundation stone of some important projects of eastern & south eastern railway and flagged off new train services at Dr. B C Roy Auditorium, Sealdah, Kolkata.
This morning Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways inaugurated PRS & UTS pre-printed ticket printing machine at Howrah Printing Press, a Sports Complex at Kanchrapara, True Colour Display for passenger information system at Sealdah Main station and Wi-Fi facility at Howrah station of Eastern Railway and Hijli station building of South Eastern Railway.
He also dedicated Dakshin Barasat – Mathurapur, Dainhat – Purbasthali, Dhatrigram – Ambika Kalna, Dhatrigram – Purbasthali, Nalhati – Moregram, Phulia – Kalinarayanpur, Bhagwangola – Jiaganj, Krishnanagar – Plassey, Poradanga – Monigram, Tinpahar – Maharajpur & Sahibganj – Pirpainti double lines a total of 219.43 kms on Eastern Railway and 3rd line between Shyamchak and Kharaghpur and Tamluk & Basulyasutahata doubling, a total of 33.9 km on South Eastern Railway.
He laid the foundation stone of Kharaghpur – Narayangarh 3rd line and Andul – Baltikuri doubling on South Eastern Railway.
on the same occasion, the Hon’ble Minister also flagged off four new EMU services viz. Sonarpur – Mathurapur Road, Mathurapur Road – Baruipur, Baruipur – Diamond Harbour and Diamond Harbour – Sonarpur of Sealdah Division.
All these programmes were done through remote from the Dr. B C Roy Auditorium, Sealdah. Later, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways addressed the press and media persons of Kolkata. He briefed the press on the progress of 129 ongoing Railway projects in West Bengal covering a total length of 3282 kms at a cost of Rs.26381 crores. Out of these, 30 projects have already been commissioned covering a length of 860 kms at a cost of Rs.2177 crores. Out of total of 69 new line construction projects covering 1809 kms at a cost of Rs.13213 crores, 5 projects have been commissioned covering a total length of 260 kms at a cost of Rs.1086 crores. In gauge conversion also out of 6 projects, 2 projects have been commissioned covering a length of 136 kms at a cost of Rs.524 crores. In doubling, out of 54 projects, 23 projects have been commissioned with a total length of 464 kms at a cost of Rs.567 crores. Allotment of fund has been enhanced this considerably in comparison to previous year. 165 kms of double line projects have been completed in West Bengal last year. The entire section from Bandel to Katwa (105 kms) has been doubled. An important link between Rampurhat & Dumka has been commissioned on 4th June, 2015 linking Bengal’s holy place of Tarapith with the holy place of Deoghar by shortening the distance by 96 kms.
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways said that all projects in West Bengal will be taken up in consultation with the State Government on prioritizing the projects with the availability of funds. He sought cooperation from the State Government for improving the Railway services in the state of West Bengal.
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways also informed the press about the development and achievements of the Govt. of India in respect of various activities which covers ensuring dignity of labour, mainstreaming the deprived, pride of farmers welfare projects, financial security for the poor i.e. Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, social security for the poor etc. He informed that the work taken up by various ministries under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister for the last one year. The ‘Make in India’ & ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ will take the country forward for a better tomorrow.
In the afternoon, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways also had discussions with the members of Merchant Chamber of Commerce about the Railway facilities available in West Bengal. He sought cooperation from the Chamber and appealed them to contribute towards the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of Railways. He asked the Chamber to adopt some stations and enhance the passenger amenities for the benefit of rail users.
S.E.RAILWAY CELEBRATES 68th INDEPENDENCE DAY
Kolkata, 15thAugust, 2014:-
The 68thIndependence Day was celebrated at South Eastern Railway Headquarters, Garden Reach with gaiety and grandeur.
Shri Radhey Shyam, General Manager, South Eastern Railway unfurled the Tri-colour and took salute at the ceremonial parade presented by the contingents of Railway Protection Force, Bharat Scouts and Guides, St. John Ambulance Brigade, Civil Defence etc. While paying glowing tributes to our freedom fighters and gallant Jawans who sacrificed their lives defending the country, Shri Radhey Shyam urged all railway persons to face the challenges confronting the railways unitedly.
Addressing the large gathering of railwaymen and their family members, Shri Radhey Shyam said that S.E.Railway is one of the most important zones of Indian Railways having353 stations, 2716 route km of track, more than 80,000 employees, 850 trains being run per day and more than 7.5 lakh passengers being carried daily.
Highlighting the achievements of SER, General Manager said that SER is primarily a “Freight Carrying Railway” and caters to the requirements of Steel Plants, Coal Fields, Heavy Industries, Cement Plants, Fertilizer Plants as well as serve the ports of Haldia and Kolkata. SER currently has also established itself as a major passenger carrying zone of the Indian Railways. In 2013-14 S.E.R had broken all previous records to achieve freight loading performance of 134.28 million tons. As far as the total earnings are concerned, SER in the four months of the current financial year till July, 2014 has earned Rs. 3,811.59 crores which is 162.35 crores more than last year. The incremental earnings for passengers has been 72.86 crores which is an increase of 16% over last year, as stated by the GM/SER.
Shri Radhey Shyam said that a new concept of Premium Train has been introduced in the Indian Railways where superfast trains with limited stoppages, with no waiting lists or refund and with dynamic pricing have become popular. SER has been running a weekly pairs of Howrah-Yesvantpur and Howrah-Chennai Premium Specials with a single rake from the 3rd week of April,2014.On the punctuality front, SER has achieved 91.69% punctuality in Mail/Express trains and 95.74% overall which is an improvement of 0.27 and 0.11% respectively over the last year.
During his address, General Manager said that South Eastern Railway is constructing several projects including new lines, doubling, Road Over Bridge etc. Apart from the commissioning of 3rd line between Kharagpur and Shyamchak, the works like Tamluk-Basulya Sutahata doubling, 3rd line between Sini and Rajkharswan and 3rd line between Chakradharpur-Monoharpur are going on. The Yard remodeling of Tatanagar has been completed which will improve the coaching operations and maintenance at Tatanagar. The DMU factory in Haldia has started functioning and furnishing of the DMU Coaches over the shells received from ICF is being done.
Passenger amenity is one of the focus areas in SER. Escalators at Kharagpur and Ranchi have already started functioning. All coaching depots have been covered by the Mechanised Coach Cleaning contracts and pest control measures. General Manager/SER laid emphasis on the Safety and Security of the passengers keeping constant vigil round the clock both in trains and railway premises. Shri Radhey Shyam also stressed on maintaining harmonious relations with railway Trade Unions and Associations.
Later, Smt. Vinay Kumari Devi, President, South Eastern Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation along with other members distributed gifts to the indoor patients of South Eastern Railway Central Hospital, Garden Reach.
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