"The board has already included foot-over-bridges and platforms to the category of safety. Across the country, we are immediately installing more than 3,000 escalators. To improve track related works, a global tender to immediately procure 700,000 metric tonnes of rail has been floated early this month," Goyal added.
For the current financial year, the major outgo from RRSK will be for traffic facilities - Yard remodelling & others (Rs 3,085 crore), Rolling Stock (Rs 1,731 crore), Road Safety (Rs 705 crore), Road Safety (Rs 4,512 crore) and Track Renewals (Rs 9,961 crore). The minister also added that the staff strength in railway board will be downsized. Meanwhile, a five-member committee that was set up to come up with suggestions on safety is set to submit its report by the second week of December.
When asked about the changes in station re-development policy, the minister said that after several rounds of consultations with 200-odd companies, the board has decided to bring changes in the station development programme. "Now, developers will be able to mortgage land and raise capital. To maximise value, the lease period has also been increased to 99 years," he added. A high-powered committee headed by the Secretary Railway Board has been constituted to restructure Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) as well as related processes with a view to fast-track redevelopment of stations and monetization of vacant railway land parcels. The committee's report is expected by next week.
Goyal also issued an employees' charter for time-bound redressal of railways employees' issues related to dues, entitlements and grievances. In phase 2, a charter of Rail users will be finalized and notified in the next one month.
1. The government had lined up Rs 1.19 lakh crore under Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) for five years.
2. For FY 2017-18, RRSK is being proposed to fund about 37 per cent of safety works planned by the ministry of railways.
3. For the current financial year, the major outgo from RRSK will be for track renewals (Rs 9,961 crore).