“The state government can join hands with the Centre in the renovation works at various important railway stations if it desires to do so,” the Minister said while addressing a programme organised
by MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a city hotel on Thursday.
Later in the day Prabhu had met the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna and told her about the concept of creating a joint board which will monitor the various railway works in the state. He urged the Chief Minister to form such a committee with a representation from both the government which could expedite the development works.
Some, however, viewed that Centre is trying to invite investments from various quarters to complete various railway projects in the state. While addressing at the programme, Prabhu categorically said that he would appeal to the state governments, private sectors and industries for investment in the railways to achieve a sustainable development.
“There are various railway projects in the state which are yet to be completed. If a joint board is set up, it can monitor these projects. I would keep a proposal before the Chief Minister to set up a joint board for monitoring such projects. This will help to complete the projects faster,” Prabhu said.
Terming the city as the most “thriving centre of activities” Prabhu expressed that the railways are eager to invest in various projects in the state in future and stressed on the building up of infrastructure. He also laid a stress on the customer satisfaction, transparency in railways. He also said that the Centre would soon implement various new projects including semi high speed trains in the country. The railways are taking various customer friendly initiatives for the passengers, he said.
Stating that integrated multi-modal transport system is the need of the time, Suresh Prabhu also said that there is a plan to introduce the same in Kolkata. He said while speaking in Nabanna on Thursday. Prabhu said with introduction of the integrated multi-modal transport system, a commuter can avail different modes of transport using a common ticket.
Train, Metro and even waterways can be brought under the framework of the integrated transport facility.
It had been successfully implemented in Mumbai and initiatives would be taken to implement the same in Kolkata as well, as there are lots of scopes here.
It may be mentioned that it was first in December 2014, when Prabhu had raised the issue of the need to introduce the integrated multi-modal transport system and he had decided to hold talks with Chief Ministers of all the states for its introduction.
On Thursday, he discussed on the issue with the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nabanna. He said that he had been getting all sort of co-operation from the state government in implementing all the projects.
Banerjee has also assured all help for fast completion of the ongoing projects in West Bengal.