Technical Task Force To Be Set Up For Mumbai Division, Says Railway Minister

Amrit Jana
By Amrit Jana January 11, 2015 02:42

Technical Task Force To Be Set Up For Mumbai Division, Says Railway Minister

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced the decision to set up a Technical Task Force (TTF) to resolve the issues faced by train commuters in the Mumbai division on Friday.

“We are working towards an integrated transport system for Mumbai, which includes Thane and other areas. I am aware that railway commuters in Mumbai division are facing several problems. All these woes would be addressed in a phased manner and the citizens would see marked improvements in the coming days,” Prabhu said.

He added that “A Technical Task Force (TTF) would be set up to address the issues faced by the railway commuters in Mumbai Division. I have given directions in this regards to the Railway Board”.

Technical Task Force To Be Set Up For Mumbai Division, Says Railway Minister

The minister made the announcement during an interactive session with representatives of railway passenger associations from Thane district on the sidelines of an event.

“I am the Railway Minister for the entire country and I cannot see commuters in Mumbai suffering and hence I have decided to take steps to resolve the issues. Some of the measures will be temporary, while others would be permanent,” he said.

The minister also revealed the government plan to set up Railway Corporation for Maharashtra. He said that this will leave no room for complaint and the money generated in Maharashtra will be used for the development of the same division and not elsewhere.

The Minister has already held a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and during the meeting many important decisions were taken, which would be implemented in a phased manner.

“The possibility of having an elevated track between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Panvel would be examined,” he said. The railway minister revealed that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to take up the Railway Ministry, he was at first reluctant to take up the post.

“But, later on I realised that by becoming the Railway Minister, I will be able to serve three crore commuters. I felt this was the best opportunity given to me to serve the citizens and I readily accepted it,” he said.

The Mumbai division started a new weekly Kanpur-Mumbai train on Wednesday. Senior BJP leader and local MP Murli Manohar Joshi flagged off the new superfast weekly train. This train will cover stations such as Hathras, Mathura, Bharatpur, Sawai Madhopur, Ratlam, Surat and Wapi. The train will start for Kanpur from Bandra on every Friday. This train is expected to benefit the hundreds of traders of the city as they travel to Mumbai often for business purposes.

Amrit Jana
By Amrit Jana January 11, 2015 02:42