NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said railways is expanding the rail network in the country faster as it has commissioned 3500 km track in the last two years.
"Earlier, 1500 km line was commissioned in the last 10 years while today we have succeeded in commissioning 3500 km line in two years," Modi said in his Independence Day speech.
Railway line commissioning means a train can pressed into service on the line after completion of all trials on the new track.
Currently, railways is laying the 7.8 km track in a day and according to the plan, it will go up to 13 km per day next year.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with other Cabinet Ministers was present at the Red Fort during the function.
Referring to the faster clearance of projects, PM said "Earlier it used to take two years for getting clearance for rail projects, now those are getting cleared in 3/4 months or maximum within six months."
Highlighting the wide range of rail operation in the country, Modi said "while we talk of bio-toilets in trains, on the other side we are also dreaming of bringing bullet train."
Railways has set a target of installing bio-toilets in all coaches by 2019 to improve the hygiene and cleanliness at railway premises.
On the bullet train project, work is going on to have the first high speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad with Japanese help.
very good thinking and planning
We have the reason to believe that within the next five years bullet train may run between Mumbai-Delhi.
Mumbai -Delhi is only 1500 kms via Kotah, this govt (PM) is boasting that it has laid and commissioned 3500 kms of rail lines in the 2 years it has been ruling. Therefore @ this rate it will not take 5 years,but only one year to lay & commission this 1500 kms. This is going to be a world record.
I will agree now, only if they tell me which sections have they commissioned from where to where
surely things have sped up.. but have they sped up enough.. only time will tell..
These have been laid earlier but commisioned now.
the focus should be to save 6 hours on long haul routes.
19 days ago
Earlier he was claiming 1,00,000 km will be built in 5 years. This is a good reality check.
Do it and then say it.
I can see few facilities improved. I can now see cleaner railway stations, cleaner coaches. I have also used free wifi provided in Tirupati, sec-bad stations.
All credit goes to Congress. The newly commissioned line was already under construction or near completion during UPA-2.