As a part of fulfilment of Budget Announcements 2016-17, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated/ launched following facilities/services from Rail Bhawan today i.e. 1st September 2016 :-
Launch of rationalised siding policy-a major freight segment reform easing the setting up additional private terminals.
Expanded commodity basket for container traffic – 43 additional commodities in FAK
Hourly Booking of Retiring Rooms-enhancing stay capacity by use of IT for convenience of passengers.
Single person accountability for all facilities on trains-along with single nodal officer for monitoring.
Launching of travel insurance for passengers
Launch of new service providing direct connectivity from Jhansi to Indore and Jhansi to Etawah
Uma Bharti Minister, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain was especially present to grace the occasion. Member Traffic Mohd. Jamshed, other Board Members and Senior Officials were also present on the occasion.Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that the services launched today ranging from freight to passenger services will have positive impact on all classes of society. He said that Railways is in the process of interacting/recognizing the fields where partnership can be done and additional freight can be obtained. He said that road and shipping transport are not competitors of Railways but complement one another as now there is a need to integrate all these modes in the interest of common people. He further said that the other facilities of passenger insurance, booking of retiring room, accountability of Train Superintendent will also make rail journey comfortable for all rail users.
Speaking on the occasion, Sushri Uma Bharti Minister, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation thanked the Minister of Railways for fulfilling the long-pending demand of people of Jhansi by introducing new train service between Jhansi to Indore and Etawah. She said that now Railways is keenly focussing on all neglected areas/sectors of the country and making the railway user friendly.Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways said that the way in which Railways has been progressing and fulfilling budget announcements day in and day out is becoming the most credible and reliable organization of the country. He said that now there is no gap in the sayings and doings of the Railway Ministry and thus all industrial sectors are relying on the credibility of the Railways.