PTI: The Railways is developing a common digital platform integrating information from all departments as a roadmap for the future for bringing transparency in the system and enabling the public transporter to save about Rs 60,000 crore.
Besides, the entire supply and procurement chain of Railways will be digitised to curb corruption. “Our entire supply chain is being digitised. Payment will be made electronically and procurement will also be made electronically. It will curb corruption,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told PTI in an interaction.
Congestion is also affecting punctuality as many trains are passing on the same line. Currently Railways’ punctuality is about 79 per per cent. “Punctuality is a casualty today because so many trains are passing on one line.A train coming to Delhi may have come in time but cannot enter Delhi because of congestion. Same thing happens in Delhi airport like you hover around the airport,” he said. Prabhu said he has sanctioned 16,500 km of doubling and tripling as against only 22,000 km in the last 70 years.
“All broad gauge will be electrified in the country and and all metre gauge will be converted into broad gauge. It will benefit the Railways as train speed will increase and most importantly also help in reducing cost of energy.”