Updates from : DH News Service.
Railways is looking at elevated corridors in Bengaluru over the existing tracks and has commissioned a consultant to study its feasibility.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said a preliminary assessment on technical and financial aspects is under works for three metros. “We are looking at having elevated corridors in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru,” he told a press conference.
He cited the traffic woes of Bengaluru to emphasise on the need for elevated tracks. “The traffic in Bengaluru is worse and it some times it takes more than two hours to reach the IT hub,” he said.
A senior official said the RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service) will conduct the feasibility study for Bengaluru.
While Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC) has conducted a preliminary study for Mumbai pegging the cost at Rs 25,000 crore, a similar exercise is being conducted for Delhi. Elevated corridors are expected to improve safety and decongest the existing rail networks.
Goyal also said a charter for employees is being notified for ensuring time bound redressal of railway employees’ grievances came into being on Wednesday. The charter will ensure that complaints related to dues and entitlements are addressed in a time-bound manner.
Another charter, for railway passengers, is also on the anvil, he said adding the provisions in it would be binding. It is expected to be finalised and notified by December.
The Ministry also has formed a five-member committee of senior officials of Railway Board to suggest measures for making substantial improvement in worksites safety. The deadline for submitting the report is mid-December.
Goyal said Divisional General Managers have been given full powers to sanction out of turn safety related works without any ceiling, within the financial limit set out by Ministry of Finance.
Now, he said, powers are also being given to Chief Workshop Managers to re-engage retired railway employees up to 62 years of age against vacancies.