Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday said that India will get its first bullet train by 2023. He said Railway is bound to serve the common people of India. Prabhu said the railway ministry is working to make track and services better.
While talking exclusively to News Nation’s Peenaz Tyagi, Prabhu said the NDA government is moving on the right track but yet it has to achieve the goal.
Here are the highlights of the interview
# The project is underway on Delhi-Mumbai-Kolkata route
# Responsibility of bullet train has been given to Japan
# Bullet trains will start by 2023
# We have taken initiative to end the role of middlemen in ticket reservations
# We are trying to give tickets through Aadhaar
# We have enhanced the capacity of IRCTC
# We will ensure trains should not get delayed
# it is necessary to bring change in pricing policy
# But we will take out solution of those problems
# There are a few problems on some tracks
# For the first time in three years, the number of passengers has gone up
# In last five years, railway witnessed drop in passengers
# We need to strengthen the railways instead of making poor
# Railway is for common people
# Not increased passenger fare since three years
# Initiated online process for recruitment
# We have reduced the dependency of Railways
# We are focusing on enhancing passengers facilities
# We have maintained the pace of Railway projects
The NDA government had promised to deliver bullet train in India and attempts have been made in this regard.
Last year in November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had travelled in Japan's famed high-speed Shinkansen bullet train, which is being introduced in India on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch
Modi and Abe had travelled in the train, whose speed ranges from 240 kms per hour to 320 kms per hour, from Tokyo to Kobe, a city on Osaka Bay in Japan.
The construction of the high-speed train corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will start in 2018 and the train service will be operational from 2023.