To undertake larger railway projects the Central government will be joining hands with State governments via joint venture companies contributing towards developmental activities, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has asserted.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of much-awaited railway service between Tirupati and Shirdi — Tirupati-Sainagar Shirdi Weekly Express (Train No. 17417) — which would operate on Tuesdays from Tirupati and Wednesdays from Sainagar Shirdi, Prabhu said here on Saturday that such an initiative would result in world class railway stations and other facilities, reports The Hindu.
“Andhra Pradesh has a good scope for such development, mainly due to its new capital – Amaravati and other important factors. We have discussed this with the State government and would soon reach a consensus, probably in 2016 for undertaking projects together. Compared to the previous budget, we have also doubled the outlay allocated for Andhra Pradesh,” he added.
Elucidating on the current state of railways across the country, Mr. Prabhu maintained that they had been focusing on fulfilling promises made to people (particularly those mentioned in the railway budget) with emphasis on customer service, improving reservation of tickets, quality of food offered to the passengers, modernisation of stations, revamping coach interiors, and much more.