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Railways to urge Prime Minister to re-consider; on mega projects

Railway officials said that while the electrification project is on schedule

In what is now being said is that the Railway Ministry has decided put forth all of its big ticket projects before Prime Minister again for reconsideration.

The projects had earlier been rejected by the Prime Minister, it is said.

Sources claimed that the cent percent electrification of the track network, modernization of signalling system and plan to convert the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus into the first museum-cum-railway station in India were among the projects.

Railway officials said that while the electrification project is on schedule and that major portion of it has already been completed, the Prime Minister will be convinced that it should be given a go ahead.

Similarly, the Ministry of Railways has decided to electrify balance 38,000 Broad Gauge (BG) Route Kilometer (RKM) for achieving 100 per cent electrification by year 2020.

It is estimated that the national transporter would save to the tune of Rs 10,500 crore a year in fuel bill through electrification.

Railways is also said to be keen on advanced signalling system based on the European Train Control System-Level 2 but it is being considered with hindrance being high costs and also doubts over its performance in Indian conditions.

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