Concerned over delays, PMO to now access railways portal to directly monitor projects

With the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) raising concerns pertaining to delays in several key projects, the Railway Ministry last week gave the PMO access to e-Drishti through which it can directly monitor all the railway projects.

e-Drishti is the Project Managing System of the railways through which all the projects of the railways are monitored by the ministry.

A source in the ministry said that the railways board had notified all divisional railway managers (DRMs) and general managers (GMs) last week, saying: “We have created an account for e-Drishti for PMO and will be handing over login details to PMO. Thereafter, PMO can access all data fed in e-Drishti (especially data regarding projects fed in Indian Railway Project Sanctions and Management).”

The communication comes after the PMO raised concerns and intervened in certain ongoing projects of the railways such as the delays in the completion of the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC), station development, electrification, the Bullet train project, and signalling project, among others.

ThePrint reached ministry spokesperson D.J. Narain for a comment on the matter through WhatsApp messages and phone calls, but didn’t receive a response until the time of publishing this report.

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