Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw rules out privatisation of railways – Times of India

CHENNAI: There is no question of privatisation of railways, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Friday. He said railways is focusing on absorbing technology.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting Vande Bharat coaches being manufactured at Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, Vaishnaw said, “The last time a coach was designed was in the 50s. We need coaches with a new design, good technology and good quality and the ones protected with kavach like Vande Bharat trains.”
The new Vande Bharat 16-coach train set has the maximum speed of 180kmph under testing and operational speed of 160kmph.
The first two prototype rakes are planned to be completed by August. Railways will manufacture 75 Vande Bharat rakes by August 2023.
He said that Vande Bharat express was a proud project of railways. All regions of the country would be connected by Vande Bharat trains as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.
Stating that railways was working on increasing the speed of trains, he said, “Many aspects need to be kept in mind for increasing the speed of operation of trains in India, such as trains, tracks, safety and the bridges. Once these are streamlined, speed can be increased.”
Work was progressing to strengthen the tracks for trains that can run at 160 to 180 kmph, he added.
Congratulating the staff of ICF for the work done to make the new train sets, he appealed to all railway staff working in Tamil Nadu to learn Tamil for better interaction with rail users in addition to safe operation of trains.
He flagged off the 12,000th LHB AC II tier coach at the furnishing factory of ICF.
ICF general manager A K Agarwal and Southern Railway general manager B G Mallya were also present.

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