Union minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said the expansion of rail services would play a key role in country’s growth. He also asserted that the Centre and the states need to work together for this purpose.
Prabhu was speaking at a function at Chhattisgarh’s Raipur railway station where he inaugurated various passenger facilities for stations falling under the South East Central Railway (SECR) zone.
“Prime Minister wants development of the country. For the purpose, we have decided to develop rail. Development of rail would lead to the development of the country. With the expansion of rail (services), India can move ahead,” Prabhu said.
“Unless the Centre and the states will work hand-in-hand, it will not be possible,” he pointed out. The union minister further underlined the need for the development of Chhattisgarh to make PM’s ‘Make in India’ campaign a success.
“Presently rail projects worth around Rs 24,000 crore are underway in Chhattisgarh and in future many other major projects will be launched in the state which is rich in mineral resources. If we want to make the Prime Minister’s initiative of ‘Make in India’ a success, we need steel, iron ore, coal and other resources and these are in abundance in the state,” he said.
“We have to develop Chhattisgarh for making ‘Make in India’ a success. Transportation of minerals will benefit both the state and railways. Besides, it will also create job opportunities for the youth,” he said.
“An amount of Rs 3,676 crore will be invested in the financial year 2017-18 for rail projects in Chhattisgarh. Seven railway stations in the state will be revamped in such a way that they will have better facilities than airports,” said the railway minister.
These stations will be revamped into iconic structures and will have better passenger amenities, he added. He said the railway will have an agreement with the state government to provide e-marketing facility to the tribal population engaged in making artifacts.