India TV Budget Conclave: There is no question of privatization of Indian Railways, says Ashwini Vaishnav

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Image Source : India TV. India TV Budget Conclave: There is no question of privatization of Indian Railways, says Ashwini Vaishnav.

india tv budget conclave, Railways, IT and Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnav announced that India’s first hydrogen train prototype will run on Indian railway tracks in December this year, while the first bullet train in India is targeted to run in August, 2026.

Answering a series of questions on railways, IT and communication, Vaishnav said: “140 km of pillars have already been built, 8 rivers have been bridged and all 13 stations in Maharashtra are almost ready for bullet trains, Which will run at a speed of 320 kmph. Speed. The Japanese PM sent a close aide to monitor the progress, and he was literally amazed at the speed of progress and the quality of the work.

On hydrogen train, Vaishnav said: “Hydrogen train technology is very complex, where hydrogen fuel is converted into electricity to run the train. Only 2-3 countries have developed this technology. Prime Minister Modi wanted India to compete with other Do not follow countries, but lead.” In this technique. Already all the individual systems, such as fuel cell system, power train system, vehicle control system, have been integrated and by December 2023 the first hydrogen train should run on Indian Railways tracks. It was a difficult target, and the train will undergo tests as human safety is of prime concern.”

On Indian Railways developing its own Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system named Kavach to enhance train safety, Vaishnav said while other countries are implementing ATP on 2G or 3G, some countries are relying on 4G, the Prime Minister has launched it Aim to choose. for 5G. This is a massively complex goal. I am going to Secunderabad on Sunday (February 4) to study the contract plan on 5G in detail at the Center for Excellence.”

Praising the progress of Vande Bharat trains, the Railways Minister said: “Prime Minister Modi conceptualized Vande Bharat in 2017, it was ready in 2019, and over several lakh kilometers of trials were carried out for two years, And now practically one Vande Bharat train is being built every 8 to 10 days. The target is to build two to three Vande Bharat trains every week. PM Modi is a very demanding boss.”

Vaishnav said: “Vande Bharat trains run at 180 kmph over a distance of 500 to 600 km, we are now focusing on Vande Metro shuttle type trains over a distance of 100 km between two cities. These Trains will run at a distance of every 30 to 30 km. 45 minutes on the European model. The prototype will be ready in 12 to 15 months and serial production will start after a year of trials.’

On accidents involving cattle being run over by Vande Bharat trains, Vaishnav replied: “We have designed a fence with a height of 0.75 meters and a height of 1.4 meters to avoid such accidents. It’s designed that way.” , so that its kinetic energy can be absorbed and dissipated after being killed by 250 kg of cattle.”

Buoyed by the allocation of Rs 2.41 lakh crore for railways in this year’s budget, Vaishnav said: “4,500 km of new railway tracks will be laid, and in the financial year 2023-24, 7,000 km of new tracks will be built. On an average, 12 km of new tracks will be added daily.” Rail track will be added. After a pilot project of redevelopment of 3 railway stations in Gandhinagar, Bhopal and Bengaluru, 53 stations will be redeveloped. In total, 1,275 stations will be redeveloped. The life of a train is normally 35 years and These were earlier designed for a speed of 70 to 80 kmph, which has now been upgraded to 100 kmph. Now we will be laying tracks to handle trains at a speed of 130 to 160 kmph. For this Around 1,000 flyovers or underpasses are being built. This will help in separating the cattle and other moving trains.”

For jobs in railways, Vaishnav said, “Recently more than 2 crore youth applied for 1.45 lakh jobs in Indian Railways. The paper leak did not happen because of Prime Minister Modi’s concerted and sharp focus on transparency. Also 750 stations have a large family of suppliers, vendors, unique local product concept of One Station, One Product, providing employment to local artisans. Recently a customer who bought black pottery at Azamgarh Railway Station, got a Got export orders. Artisan. Imagine the power of such a concept.”

The Railway Minister denied privatization of the Indian Railways, and said: “Those making such allegations are living in a different world. My predecessor Piyush Goyal and I have clearly stated on the floor of Parliament that there is no question of privatization was not.” Indian Railways. Railway tracks, trains, stations, overhead wires, everything belongs to the Railways. Railways is a strategic sector with a great social responsibility. It is a sector that serves the poorest of the poor. Therefore, there is no question of privatization.”

On stopping the concession in fares to senior citizens, Vaishnav said, “Railways already gives 55 per cent subsidy on rail fares to all citizens. This passenger fare subsidy works out to Rs 52,000 crore. In addition, the Railways provides subsidy on transportation of food and fertilizers. Our aim is to make rail travel affordable for the poor as well.”

On the long waiting list in trains, Vaishnav said, “Every year 800 crore people travel in railways. India’s population is 130 crores, which means one person makes many trips in railways. It is expected to increase to 1100 crores.” There will be a huge need for this.” Investing in more capacity building.”


On the telecom sector, the communications minister said: “Deployment of 5G spectrum to allottees obtained through auction is already underway at a fast pace. To connect unconnected areas, for installation in the next three and one 40,000 new towers have been approved. Half a year. Already 15,000 towers have been put up. The Prime Minister gave us a broad tough target to set up India’s own telecom stack end-to-end. Target 2020 Delivered in 2022, and testing Made in India, designed in India, telecom stack causing worldwide sensation.First of all, 1 million simultaneous calls were tested in April-May Second, 5 million simultaneous calls were tested between Chandigarh and Gurugram in September and 10 million were tested in November-December. Simultaneous calls were tested.”

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