Slowing of projects worries Railways
The lack of progress in key railway projects throughout the nation was leading to an “embarrassing” scenario for the Ministry of Railways throughout overview conferences convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in keeping with the Railway Board.
In an advisory issued on Thursday to common managers of all Zonal Railways, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd., IRCON International Ltd., Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd., and different main building organisations, the Railway Board stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi was monitoring a number of railway projects via the Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) portal.
Besides assessing information administration and evaluation, geo-spatial functions and video-conference inputs, Mr. Modi was additionally viewing movies captured by drones of the venture websites to overview the progress.
“It is seen that regular monitoring and follow-up is not being done for these projects and issues discussed before Prime Minister and this results in embarrassing situation for Ministry of Railways. Targets given by Zonal Railways/PSUs during meetings are frequently changed and this gets adversely commented upon during meetings,” the advisory stated.
The Railway Board was referring to 90 projects throughout India the progress of which have been mentioned in 36 conferences (from 25/03/2015 to 24/02/2021). The listed projects included the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (1,856 km), Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla (272 km), Mumbai Urban Transport Project (Phase-II), Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (508 km), Madurai-Thoothukudi by way of Aruppukottai (144 kms), Angamali-Sabarimala Line (111 km) and others.
The observe stated officers engaged on these projects could also be sensitised to keep away from procedural delays and comply with up with different statutory authorities and State governments for early completion of the projects.