New Delhi: Lesser number of trains are running in late than flights due to fog this year because of constant efforts for computerisation of the signalling system, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday. "Due to our constant efforts, fewer trains were running in late in comparison to flight during fogs," the minister claimed during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha.
Goyal said that a committee has been set up to review the flexi-fare system and recommend best options, keeping in mind the interests of passengers and the railways. The minister said the railways have given highest priority on safety and highlighted the public transporter's focus on computerisation of the signalling system, which continues to run through the old system started before independence.
Goyal said that the ultimate solution to the railways' problems was a capital investment, which has been highest in the last three years. "Rs 1.20 lakh crore will be invested this year and the amount will be more next year. Our aim is to make a new Indian Railways by 2022 and works are going on in this regard," the minister said.