Assocham submits 20-point agenda for railways

June 19th, 2009 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Speedy execution of pending projects, modernisation of stations and improvement of passenger amenities are among the suggestions the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has made to the railways ministry.
“Despite marked improvement in the financial position, Indian Railways continue to face issues such as outdated technology, poor state of railway stations, lack of basic passenger amenities, capacity constraints and shortage of funds for investment,” the chamber said in a 20-point charter submitted to the ministry.

Assocham has suggested speedy execution of dedicated freight corridor projects, clearing pending proposals for private participation, implementation of IT-based systems and commercial use of vacant land through public-private partnership basis.

“Indian Railways need to ensure an increased contribution of the rail sector towards infrastructure creation and enhancing the growth pace of the Indian economy,” the chamber added.

Assocham president Sajjan Jindal has suggested the government to clear on priority basis all proposals for private participation pending with the ministry.

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