New Delhi, Jul 5 : Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said no government has the 'courage' and 'confidence' to allocate Rs 50 lakh crore in their Budget to the Railways but this government did so and this augurs well in making Railways best in every sense be it passengers' safety, free from pollution or swachchta.
Talking about how Railways is going to utilise Rs 50 lakh crore it has been sanctioned in the Union Budget, Mr Goyal told UNI, 'keeping the needs of passengers and freight carriage in mind, Railways' paramount importance will be on increasing carrying capacity of its trains and also in increasing freight traffic as well.'
Mr Goyal also said Railways' freight share should be increased from 30 per cent.
About the much-awaited Train 19, the Minister said,'we have a wonderful arrangement with our train manufacturer of the propeller system this week. We discussed how we can use Make In India as we did in manufacturing Train 18. We analysed how we can improvise further. We believe in continuous improvement, continuous engagement. We want that by such train sets our travel distance of 500-700 RKM become comfortable journey for our valuable passengers.'He said he wished to see 130 Vande Bharat Express trains running on the tracks very soon.
On 'Zero Accident' policy of the government, he said 'We are doing root cause analysis of every single accident that is taking place so that next time this does not take place. Last year, the accidents and fatalities came down to very low.
On advanced and modernised signalling system, Mr Goyal ,'the work is going on in full swing and will be finished soon.'
Hailing the Union Budget, which was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman , Mr Goyal said it was a matter of pride as she is the first woman Finance Minister of our government who spoke with the confidence of 'new age ' woman of India.
'This Budget is special in every sense as it gives huge thurst to 'ease of living', and is also committed to ensuring that every individual has a home of his own.
'Green energy has been never given so much push. Every industry will get a push by the allocations made to them. By 100 per cent electrification only, the Railways will become pollution-free at the foremost. And E-vehicles will become more popular through the tax exemptions given in taking loans for the same, which will ultimately help our environment.'
Both rural and urban India got a major thurst, MSMEs also got a lot of benefits.
He summed up by saying that this budget is of 130 crore Indians, rich and poor, young and old.(UNI)