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Union Minister Piyush Goyal Highlights The Achievements Of Indian Railways And Ministry Of Coal

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| June 11 , 2018 , 17:36 IST

Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal held a press conference on Monday on the achievements of the Indian Railways and the Ministry of Coal. 

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Addressing the media, Goyal said, “Railways is improving passenger services including a complete makeover of Stations by installing modern facilities including escalators, lifts, free wifi etc. while instilling local art and culture in the design. 68 stations are slated for improvement by March 2019. The government has improved trains and coaches including launching the Tejas, Antyodaya and Humsafar trains. Catering to passengers’ travel and comfort needs, 407 new train services have been launched in last four years with 1.37 lakh services to meet festival demand."

He said that the Government has made safety the top priority of Indian Railways which has resulted in 62% reduction of train accidents from 118 in 2013-14 to 73 in 2017-18.

Speaking on the issue of train delays Goyal said that the punctuality has been impacted in the short-term due to giving priority to infrastructure and safety works but in the long-term, this would enable faster and safer train movement.

"The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-speed Rail (HSR) will revolutionize the transport sector in India through speed, safety, and service. With the Dedicated Freight Corridors, Railways is moving towards the target of decongesting and drastically improving passenger and freight services” Goyal added.

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Speaking of the achievements of the 'Ministry of Coal' he said, “Coal Production of Coal India Ltd. (CIL) has increased from 462 MT in 2013-14 to 567 MT in 2017-18. Drilling for exploration has almost doubled to 13.7 Lakh Metres in 2017-18 from 6.9 Lakh Meters in 2013-14.”

Goyal said that the Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala Transparently in India (SHAKTI), for auction and allotment of coal linkages, will lead to affordable power and transparency in allocation of coal. 16 Fuel Supply Agreements have been signed under this scheme. 45.18 MTPA has been transparently auctioned to the non-regulated sector. The government has also focused on better transportation through synergies between Coal and Railways Ministries.

In the press conference, he was joined by his cabinet colleagues Manoj Sinha and Railway board Chairman Ashwani Lohani. MoS Rajen Gohain joined the meeting via video conferencing.