1. Piyush Goyal’s cool reply to bullet train critics: Rajdhani the last new technology introduced in Railways!

Piyush Goyal’s cool reply to bullet train critics: Rajdhani the last new technology introduced in Railways!

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has slammed critics of the bullet train project, questioning those who are opposed to the introduction of new technology in Indian Railways.

By: | Published: November 21, 2017 1:41 PM
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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has slammed critics of the bullet train project, questioning those who are opposed to the introduction of new technology in Indian Railways. “The last time Indian Railways brought any new technology to India – if you can call it that – was the Rajdhani in 1969,” Goyal said while addressing at FICCI Event on “Bullet Train & Modernization of Indian Economy”. “At that time, in 1969, the Railway Board Chairman had opposed the Rajdhani. Even in Parliament, questions had been raised on whether India needs a Rajdhani or not,” Goyal said.

Seeking to assure those who want better focus on safety, Goyal said, “There is no fund shortage for items of safety.” Further talking about the importance of safety, Goyal said that till recently two types of coaches were being manufactured – ICF and LHB. “The LHB coaches, with better couplers, are safer. I have asked that the Integral Coach Factory stop manufacturing old ICF coaches and switch to LHB whole time,” he said. “…and let me tell you that the LHB design, that I a promoting right now, is also 30 years old. But, I am doing so for the lack of an alternative,” Goyal said, adding that now the coach factories are working on new designs of train sets as well. Inviting all sorts of businesses, Goyal said, “The Railways is open for business for any product on earth.”

Talking about his experience as Railway Minister, Goyal, said, “I complete 77 days in office today – these have been good 77 days of learning. I got a chance to take quite a number of policy decisions”. “…and. I am not talking about routine decisions. The policy decisions – small and big put together – are upward of 600,” he said, stressing on the need to decentralise railway operations and decision making. “We are looking at massive decentralisation. We want to allow people to take decisions at the lower level. We have enough competent people who can take decisions,” he said.

This is not the first time that Piyush Goyal has answered critics of the bullet train project. Recently, he had answered a query on the website Quora, where he had been asked: “Does India actually need a bullet train?”. “…the prestigious bullet train will be a game-changer for the nation, besides being ‘a symbol of New India’ that his (Modi) government seeks to build by 2022,” Goyal had said, in a reply that has been viewed over 2 lakh times till date. “…Another example of when people thought India was not ready for new technology was when the mobile phone was introduced into the market. At the time it was considered to be elitist and expensive with a phone call costing Rs. 16 per min. But today India has the 2nd largest market for mobile phones in the world with almost every Indian owning a mobile,” he said. “Similarly, the Bullet Train project will also help Indian Railways revolutionise every passenger’s journey,” he added.

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    velaler.com velaler
    Nov 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm
    Please do nit compare apples with oranges.Bullet Train is completely on new Base and costs more than twice the cost of introducing Hyperloops speed of which is 5 times more than Bullet Train.So if You want to introduce new Technology, Bring Hyper-loops.As regards Rajdhani, It was introduced on Existing Lines without Major capex. Let Mr. Goyal bring much needed safety to the Indian Railways, instead of New Technology at exorbitant cost of Bullet Trains.
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    1. Denzi Mukhtar
      Nov 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm
      Hyperloop is an untested technology which requires a vacuum within a tube the size of an underpass. Safety is not a magic to be brought about. Railways like all other agencies needs systemic change like accountability, profitability on individual classes freight independently rather than cross subsidisation, its own railway university to research on technology most importantly the people's willingness to not abuse public property simply because it is public.
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      P d amarnath
      Nov 21, 2017 at 4:39 pm
      During the period when lalu was railways minister, one wonderful technology was introduced. That was earthern cups for tea coffee. It is rather not fair for Goyal not to mention it. I still don't know why lalu failed to continue that disastrous idea, may be due to lack of support from potters or lack of slush money. Our people always accustomed to commissions in each and every deal will not accept change , if it is without commission. Pay their dues, they will praise the same.
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        SHEKAR
        Nov 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm
        I wholeheartedly welcome appreciate the great concept of Bullet trains. PM has done tremendous job in negotiating with Japanese HEAD to get economical funds for India. However, please EXCUSE ME SIR, PIYUSHJI, CENTRAL RAILWAY IN MUMBAI IS FUNCTIONING VERY BADLY. TRAINS ARE DELAYED FREQUENTLY. ANOTHER STAMPEDE IS UNAVOIABLE IN MUMBAI DUE TO HEAVY RUSH IN TRAINS. STAMPEDE WITHIN WILL CAUSE GREAT HARDSHIPS TO CENTRAL RAILWAY MAIN LINE COMMUTERS. CENTRAL RAILWAY OFFCIALS ASSURED RAILWAY MIINISTER REGARDING CHANGING OF SIGNALLING SYSTEM IN CENTRAL RAILWAY LINES. BUT, EVERY TRAINS ARE DELAYED WITHOUT ANY REASONS. TODAY, (21./11/2017) TRAINS WERE DELAYED VERY FREQUENTLY. ALAS, CAN'T YOU CORRECT CENTRAL RAILWAY PIYUSHJI.
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        1. Denzi Mukhtar
          Nov 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm
          Mumbai needs to be completely rebuilt with more efficient urban planning strategies including Housing development. In Japan, there is a concept like Rail Integrated Communities which is made for Mumbai's massive highly mobile populace which of course would include clearing slums, increasing Building density a Singapore like underground infrastructure that can continue undisturbed regardless of external situations. I believe Mumbai has the funds along with Centre's help to accomplish this and as the crown jewel of India it completely deserves to the New York of India.
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