Bhopal: In order to spruce up the condition of railway stations in India, the Centre is planning to set up a Railway Stations Authority of India which will work on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

While talking to the reporters after inspecting Bhopal and Habibganj railway stations, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said, “All the 14 lakh Railway employees are like a family and they serve the people with complete devotion. Therefore, Indian railways is appreciated all over the world for good services.”

To build modern railway stations

Railway Minister said, “We are preparing the blueprint for building modern stations all over the country. Railway stations are like goldmines which generate huge incomes for us. We want to utilize this money for providing better amenities to the travelers.”

He added, efforts will be made to provide luxurious hotels, restaurants and other amenities on the lines of airports.

Railways to spend Rs 7.5 crore in Madhya Pradesh

The railways has announced to spend Rs 7,500 crore in next fiscal 2012-2013 for laying railway lines, upgrading railway stations and providing good facilities to the passengers. According to outlay, projects worth Rs 12,500 crore are already being run in the state.

After meeting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Trivedi said, “The Railway Ministry will recognize the resolutions passed in the state assembly by the state government”.

Trivedi informed, the state will be provided 10 racks of fertilizers, foodgrains and coal everyday according to its requirement.

Answering to a question, Trivedi said, “One does not wait for the rail budget to hike fares, the decision in this regard will be taken after discussing it at every level.”
 
On reaching Bhopal, Trivedi had said, he will try to visit other states also to update himself of railway facilities required for the passengers.

JPN/Bureau