HON’BLE MINISTER OF RAILWAYS HOLD A PERFORMANCE REVIEW MEETING OF THREE ZONAL RAILWAYS AT KOLKATA

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Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology holding a performance review meeting of three Zonal Railways viz. Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway at Eastern Railway Headquarters, Fairlie Place today (21.6.2023).
Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology holding a performance review meeting of three Zonal Railways viz. Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway at Eastern Railway Headquarters, Fairlie Place today (21.6.2023).
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HON’BLE MINISTER OF RAILWAYS HOLD A PERFORMANCE REVIEW MEETING OF THREE ZONAL RAILWAYS AT KOLKATA
• General Manager/Eastern Railway apprised Hon’ble Railway Minister about the stellar performance & development initiatives of Eastern Railway

Kolkata, June 21, 2023

Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology after visiting the progress of East-West Metro project work and newly built Metro tunnel under river Hooghly, hold a review meeting of South Eastern Railway, Eastern Railway & Kolkata Metro Railway at Eastern Railway’s Headquarters, Fairlie Place today (21.6.2023). In the review meeting, Shri Amar Prakash Dwivedi, General Manager, Eastern Railway presented a PowerPoint presentation for appraisal of the Hon’ble Minister for Railways in which the progress & achievements of Eastern Railway in respect of complete electrification, project execution, safety works, freight loading initiatives, revenue generation, passenger amenities augmentation initiatives were presented.

In the review meeting, the General Manager, of Eastern Railway presented before the Hon’ble Minister of Railways a budget description of the stellar performance of Eastern Railway in the last financial year 2022-23 viz. total revenue of ₹10684 crores, commissioning of two critical and five super critical projects, first Railway Zone to finalize the tender for project Kavach, complete electrification of ER network over 2831 route kilometres, freight loading of 79.72 million tonnes, etc. The originating revenue of Eastern Railway up to May 2023 in the current financial year was recorded as Rs. 1922.07 crores, registering an increment of 15.99% in respect of the corresponding period of the previous financial year. Moreover, various other achievements of Eastern Railway were also presented before the Hon’ble Minister of Railways like the implementation of one station one product scheme for which 317 stations have been earmarked, the finalization master plan for the redevelopment of Asansol station, the improvement of stations of under Amrit Bharat scheme at 60 stations of Eastern Railway, development of grooming-cum-wellness centers at 270 stations over Eastern Railway as non-fare revenue initiatives, commissioning of two Gati Shakti Terminals in 2022-23 with a target of commissioning three Gati Shakti Terminals in 2023-24, commissioning of the largest electronic interlocking system in Asia with 1002 routes at Bandel station, the introduction of train infotainment services in suburban EMU trains, etc. Besides, Hon’ble Minister also appraised safety & security initiatives, improvement in passenger amenities, and initiatives for increasing mobility in Eastern Railway.

Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology holding a performance review meeting of three Zonal Railways viz. Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway at Eastern Railway Headquarters, Fairlie Place today (21.6.2023).
Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology holding a performance review meeting of three Zonal Railways viz. Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway & Metro Railway at Eastern Railway Headquarters, Fairlie Place today (21.6.2023).

Hon’ble Minister of Railways was apprised of different safety initiatives of Eastern Railway. Layout correction of 4 nos has already been completed in Eastern Railway up to May 2023 in the current financial year making an increment of 200% in respect of the corresponding period in the previous fiscal. Similarly, in respect of Through Rail Renewal, Eastern Railway registered a 37.1% increment upto May 2023 by completing 28.90 Track KM of Railway Renewal, and in respect of Sleeper Renewal, Eastern Railway registered an increment of 53.27% by completing Sleeper Renewal over 17.81 Track KM upto May 2023 and 106% increase upto May 2023 in the current financial year in respect of USFD by completing Ultrasound testing of 2261 km of track. Eastern Railway also completed the construction of 8 Nos of ROBs and RUBs, elimination of 5 unmanned level crossings in FY2023-24 upto May, 2023, completed offline training of crew, a total of 625 inspections done by officers on S&T items, and targeted Zero missing in safety fittings in assets with NO Compromise on Safety Issues.

Various initiatives of Eastern Railway to improve passenger experience were also presented before the Hon’ble Minister of Railways viz commissioning of 13 new lifts and 12 new escalators in 2023 with a provision of 20 new lifts and 8 new escalators in 2023-24, availability of wi-fi facility at 356 stations, digitalization of reservation charts at stations, the opening of the executive lounge at Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata, facilities of showrooms, food stalls, the shopping mall at Sealdah, Child Help Desk at 6 major railway stations and plan for the commissioning of Help Desk at 4 more stations in 2023-24, planning for CCTV surveillance at 380 additional stations with the existing 22 during 2023-24, 100% disposal of Rail Madat Feedback/Complaints for Howrah – New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express, special security arrangement for the daily passengers at stations and trains with the deployment of lady RPF staff. Vande Bharat maintenance facilities also opened at Jheel Siding, Howrah for maintaining Vande Bharat Express train coaches in proper condition.

Marching ahead with the infrastructure development works, Eastern Railway has set a target for the commission of 34.11 KM of New Line and 69.58 KM of Double Line/Multiple Line.

Shri P. Uday Kumar Reddy, General Manager, Metro Railway and Smt. Archana Joshi, General Manager, South Eastern Railway also highlighted the achievements of Metro Railway & South Eastern Railway respectively to the Hon’ble Minister of Railways. Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology expressed his satisfaction over the progress & initiatives taken by Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway & Kolkata Metro Railway.

The additional General Manager of Eastern Railway & South Eastern Railway and all the Principal Heads of Departments of Eastern Railway, Metro Railway & South Eastern Railway were present in the review meeting.

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