Big ticket announcements, infra push highlight of railways in 2019

The railway minister made some big ticket announcements like merger of cadres, corporatisation of PSUs and “privately” run trains in 2019, which also saw a huge infra push, fare hike and digital drive as minister Piyush Goyal took on contentious issues to break age-old norms despite opposition from within the transport behemoth.

In 2020, the challenge will be to ensure that these best laid plans get implemented.

Soon after taking charge in his second term, Goyal brought in an ambitious 100-day plan, which was a blueprint not only to revive railways’ dipping finances but also to streamline the working of the national transporter.

One of the plans was to invite private operators to run two of its trains and also some routes which have low congestion and connect important tourist spots. Read More

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