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SOUTH CENTRAL RAILWAY
PRESS RELEASE
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE, SECUNDERABAD - 500 071
No.948/2023-2419-03-2024
Secunderabad
Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister Laid Foundation Stone and Dedicated to the Nation- multiple developmental projects worth over Rs 1,06,000 crores


-The Hon’ble Prime Minister also Flags off Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat Express

  Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister flagged off the second Vande Bharat Express between Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam today i.e., 12th March, 2024 through video conference from Ahmedabad, Gujarat in the august presence of Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communication and Electronic & Information Technology and other dignitaries. The Hon’ble Prime Minister flagged off 10 new Vande Bharat trains as well as Extension of 4 existing Vande Bharat Trains. He also laid foundation stone and dedicated to the Nation multiple developmental projects worth over Rs 1,06,000 crores.

 Simultaneously, a function was also held at Secunderabad Railway station today as part of the program. Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Union Minister of Culture and Tourism, Development of North East Region and other dignitaries graced the occasion. Shri Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager, SCR; Shri Bhartesh Kumar Jain, Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Division and other senior railway officials were present.

 Speaking o­n the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi stated that the development works for the creation of ‘Viksit Bharat’ are continuously expanding with the inauguration and laying the foundation stone of multiple development projects across the country. Noting that today’s event is a crucial step towards accomplishing the goal of Viksit Bharat, the Prime Minister said that projects worth about Rs 1 lakh crore have been inaugurated and foundation stones laid where projects worth around Rs 85,000 crores are dedicated to railways.

 The Prime Minister talked about the inclusion of the Railway Budget in the General Budget from 2014 which made it possible to provide railway expenditure from the General Budget. Apart from the issues of lack of punctuality, cleanliness and general amenities, the Prime Minister said that before 2014, 6 capitals of the Northeast did not have railway connectivity and there were more than 10,000 unmanned railway crossings, and o­nly 35 percent of railway lines were electrified and railway reservations were marred by corruption and long queues. 

 The Prime Minister said, “Our government has displayed the willpower to bring the railways out of those hellish conditions. Now Railways development is among the top priorities of the government.” The Prime Minister listed initiatives like a six-fold budget increase from 2014 and assured the countrymen that in the next 5 years, the transformation of railways will exceed their imagination. “This 10 year’s work is just a trailer. I have a long way to go”, he added. He informed that not o­nly most of the states have got Vande Bharat trains but the century of Vande Bharat Trains has already been hit. Vande Bharat Network is touching 250 districts of the country.  In deference to people’s wishes, routes of Vande Bharat are being extended. 

Noting Railways’ critical role in a nation becoming developed and economically competent, the Prime Minister said, “Transformation of railway is the guarantee of Viksit Bharat.” He threw light o­n the transforming landscape of railways and mentioned laying railway tracks at a fast pace, redevelopment of more than 1300 railway stations, flagging off next-generation trains like Vande Bharat, NaMo Bharat and Amrit Bharat, and unveiling of modernized railway engines and coach factories. 

The Prime Minister said that under Gati Shakti Cargo Terminal Policy, construction of Cargo terminal has increased as land leasing policy has been simplified and has been made o­nline leading to transparency. He also mentioned the establishment of Gati Shakti University. The Prime Minister continued with the modernization-related initiatives of railway and informed about the project of abolishing unmanned crossing and automatic signaling systems. He said that the country is moving towards 100 percent electrification. Solar-powered stations and Jan Aushadhi Kendras are coming up o­n stations. 

“The manufacturing of these railway trains, tracks and stations is creating an ecosystem of Made in India”, the Prime Minister said. He informed that Made in India locomotives and coaches are being exported to countries like Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Senegal, Myanmar and Sudan. He said that demand for Made in India semi high-speed trains would lead to the emergence of many more such factories. “Rejuvenation of railway, new investments guarantees new employment opportunities”, the Prime Minister remarked.

The Prime Minister criticized those who link these initiatives with elections. “For us, these development projects are not for forming a government but they are a mission of nation building” Next generation will not face the problem of the previous generations and ‘this is Modi’s guarantee”, he said. 

The Prime Minister presented Eastern and Western dedicated freight corridors as an example of development in the last 10 years. This separate track for goods trains improves speed and is important for agriculture, industry, export and business. In the last 10 years, this freight corridor, connecting the east and west coasts, has been almost completed. Today about 600 kilometers of freight corridor has been inaugurated, and the Operation Control Center has been inaugurated in Ahmedabad. Due to the efforts of the government, the speed of goods trains o­n this corridor has now more than doubled, he said. He further said that an industrial corridor is being developed in the entire corridor. Today, Railway Goods Shed, Gati Shakti Multimodal Cargo Terminal, Digital Control Station, Railway Workshop, Railway Loco Shed, and Railway Depot have also been inaugurated at many places. This will also have a very positive impact o­n freight transportation, he added. 

“Government’s emphasis is to make Indian Railways a medium for aatmanirbhar Bharat and Vocal for Local”, the Prime Minister said, informing that the products manufactured by the nation’s Vishwakarmas, handicrafts men and women self-help groups would now be sold o­n Railway stations under o­ne Station o­ne Product scheme where 1500 stalls have already opened up.

Prime Minister Modi expressed delight that Indian Railway is promoting tourism related to regional culture and faith while realizing the mantra of heritage along with development. “Today, Bharat Gaurav trains are running o­n Ramayana Circuit, Guru-Kripa Circuit, and Jain Yatra while Aastha special train is taking Shri Ram devotees from every corner of the country to Ayodhya”, PM Modi said, informing that around 350 Aastha trains have already run taking more than 4.5 lakh devotees for Ramlalla’s darshan in Ayodhya.

Concluding the address, the Prime Minister said, “Indian Railways will continue to move ahead at the pace of modernity. This is Modi's guarantee.” He called upon the citizens for their cooperation to continue this celebration of development. 

Addressing the gathering, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Railway Minister stated that Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister has been focusing o­n the development of Railways and has made it the means towards achieving the ‘Viksit Bharat’ dream. He informed that in the last ten years, over 2,500 Kms of track has been laid in the Dedicated Freight Corridor sections. Every day around 300 trains are being operated in these corridors which is benefitting the country, he said. The Hon’ble Railway Minister stated that technology is also being given major importance in the Viksit Bharat vision. He said that the Operation Control Centre utilizes latest modern technology to monitor freight train operations in Dedicated Freight Corridor sections.

Shri A. Revanth Reddy, Hon'ble Chief Minister also participated in the program through video conference. At Secunderabad Railway station, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Union Minister stated that in the last ten years, Railways has witnessed major development. He said that today Railway projects of Rs. 85,000 crores are being launched by the Hon’ble PM. The projects o­n SCR jurisdiction include o­ne station o­ne Product Units (OSOP), PM Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals, Goods Sheds, Jan Aushadi Kendras, Double Line, Third Line, Gauge Conversion and Bypass Lines and Rail Coach Restaurants, he said. In addition, Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat Express; Kalaburagi – Bengaluru Vande Bharat Express (will pass through SCR) and Kollam – Tirupati Mail Express are being flagged off today, he added. He informed that the Railway Manufacturing Unit works in Kazipet are going o­n fast pace. Cherlapalli Railway terminal works will be completed soon, he added.

Earlier, Shri Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager, South Central Railway presented the welcome address at Secunderabad station.





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