On a two-day visit to the city during which he met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Prabhu on Friday attended several events and announced online conduct of future railway recruitment examinations and launched a mobile app for the security of female commuters.

"In the last several years, we have not invested in the railways as much as was necessary. It is now showing clearly in terms of safety, dropping customer service and delays," he said.

"We cannot put more trains unless we augment our capacity. All these are showing because of years of neglect and lack of investments," he said.

Prabhu likened the railways to an ICU patient and said comparing it with the Chinese railway was akin to the patient running a marathon.

The minister, however, asserted that things were moving in the right direction and called for cooperation from the states in dealing with the problems of railways.

"The problems are mammoth and we have to work in partnership with the states to tackle these. We need to correct it, but nothing will happen overnight," he said adding that the central government would be investing $120 billion in the railways.

The minister said his department was working on bringing in transparency in all functional aspects and announced the future railway recruitment examinations will be conducted online.

"Some people were complaining about the malpractices in recruitment in 2014. I have addressed that issue by making sure all examinations are conducted online," said Prabhu whose convoy was blocked by a group of people protesting against the alleged malpractices in the 2014 South Eastern Railway recruitment examination.

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