Centre would run Railways : Prabhu

  • Flags of Secunderabad to Vizag, Secunderabad to Aurangabad trains
  • AP Express to be renamed as Telangana Express
  • Tirupati to Shirdi Express soon
  • Governor underlines importance of FDI in Railways

Hyderabad, January 19: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Monday made amply clear that there was no question of privatization of Indian Railways and asserted that it would continue to function under the purview of the central government.

The Union Minister was speaking at a conference organized by Railway Ministry here regarding PPP and FDI participation in the Indian Railways. Governor ESL Narasimhan presided over the conference which was being attended by former senior railway officials and experts to seek their views.

Stressing the need for modernization and strengthening the railways in order to provide hassle-free travel for the people, Suresh Prabhu said it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s endeavor to see that Indian Railways would occupy top position in the service sector.

The Railway Minister said that the demand of the Telangana State Government to change the name of the A.P. Express as Telangana Express is under consideration of the union government. He also disclosed that a new train Tirupathi-Shirid Express would be launched shortly. He also flagged off two trains from Secunderababd. The two trains are Secunderababd-Visakhapatnam and Secunderababd-Aurangabad via Nanded trains.

Speaking at the conference Governor Narasismshan stressed the need for providing more train services in both the Telugu States as they lacked the needed railway connectivity despite having ample number of ports and mines. He also stressed the importance and participation of FDIs in the Railways for providing better and improved services to cater to the need of the rail users.

Clear Railway projects: KCR

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has brought to the notice of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu about various pending railway projects and several other issues pending with the railways.

The Railway Minister, accompanied by South Central Railway General Manager P.K. Srivatsava, called on the Chief Minister at the Secretariat this afternoon. The Chief Minister told the Union Minister that there was an urgent need for drastic change in the approach of the Railway Ministry and suggested several measures to be initiated and taken up by the Railway Ministry.  KCR said in view of the increasing population in Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the Moulali and Nagulapally Railway Stations are needed to be upgraded and developed into full-fledged terminal stations in order to ease pressure on Secunderabad Railway Station. The Chief Minister also requested Suresh Prabhu that the name of the present AP Express be changed as Telangana Express.

The Railway Minister responded positively and assured the Chief Minister that he would have a meeting on the issues and pending projects in general and on Hyderabad city in particular.

Advisor to the Government K. V Ramanachary, State Government Representative in Delhi Venugopala Chary, Planning Board vice-chairman Niranjan Reddy, Principal Secretary to CM S. Narsing Rao, Municipal Administration Principal Secretary M.G. Gopal, GHMC Special Officer Somesh Kumar, Transport Principal Secretary  Sunil Sharma and Hyderabad  Metro Rail MD  NVS Reddy were present when the Union Minister called on the Chief Minister. (NSS)

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