The Minister also said that the Ministry has identified seven routes dedicated to semi high speed passenger corridors. “We have been talking to State governments for better operation of the trains with modern amenities. The Uttar Pradesh Government has been cooperating on Delhi-Varanasi route, mostly elevated along the highways”.
Responding to a question asked by Congress Member Jairam Ramesh on Railway’s privatization, Mr Goyal said “When you privatise, you sell off the assets permanently, but our plan is to monetise in terms of how it will generate resources, further investment and growth, the infrastructure of Indian Railways.
“Railway will never be privatised, dedicated freight corridor is a separate corporate entity, railway is supporting them, railways does own the tracks, if we raise funds by giving them out to private sector for use, we are doing a service for the nation, that will give us money”, he added. (UNI)