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India’s dream run on bullet train is not derailed, rather stays the course to get real very soon, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on February 5.
Vaishnaw was speaking at the ‘News18 India Chaupal’ where political parties, lawmakers and policymakers will share their strategies ahead of the general elections. “The work on the bullet train is going at a fast pace, and soon this dream will come true,” he said.
The minister also said the capacity of the Ayodhya railway station is being increased so much that three crore devotees can come for darshan every year.
Vaishnaw also said the guarantee of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hat-trick guarantee of victories will be fulfilled in the Lok Sabha polls. “PM Modi did what he said, he is delivering what he promised,” he said.
He had recently shared that 1,318 railway stations have been identified for development or redevelopment as part of the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS). The Aastha Special train from Andaura to Ayodhya Dham was also flagged off on  February 5.
After Covid, the railways achieved the highest total revenue of 2,40,177 crore in 2022-23 with an operating ratio of 98.10 percent, the Rajya Sabha was told recently. The five-year data, provided by the minister, showed that the railways spent Rs 97.30 in 2018-19, Rs 98.36 in 2019-20, and Rs 97.45 in 2020-21 to earn Rs 100.
The minister also said that in order to address passengers requirements and provide enhanced accommodations for travellers, the Indian Railways is implementing various measures such as introducing new services, extending existing ones, boosting their frequencies, and augmenting load capacities. These initiatives are continuously evolving and contingent upon factors such as operational feasibility, resource availability, and competing demands.
The India Railways has more than 70 million users. Out of 70 million, only 30 million are registered (3 crore) users, and rest 40 million users are unregistered.  The Indian Railways has also engaged in a systematic timetable rationalisation effort with the support of IIT Bombay. This initiative aims to improve passenger safety by establishing maintenance corridor blocks and reducing conflicts in the existing timetable.
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