Railway Board: In Mumbai, Railway Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer V.K. Tripathi talked about many important issues in a press conference. He said that the share of funds for Mumbai Railway Development Corporation (MRVC) expected from the state is not coming to us. We are in talks with the state government and we are hopeful that the matter will be resolved soon. There is no need of any Plan B for MRVC. We are trying and we hope things get sorted out soon. The demand and consumption of coal has increased significantly as compared to last year. That’s why we are transporting coal in large quantities. For example, we can say that the demand and consumption of coal has increased by 20% as compared to last year. In the month of April 2022 itself, we have transported 15 percent more coal in the same month as compared to last year. All this is happening because the demand and consumption of coal has increased.
Don’t expect everything for free – VK Tripathi
V.K. Tripathi further said that we have cut the local AC fare and merged it with the fare of Metro trains. I would say here that people in Mumbai have purchasing power. Not everything should be expected for free, because whatever is given for free, we have seen in Sri Lanka. We can easily understand the end results of such freebies. There is an idea of 60 percent land acquisition in Maharashtra for the bullet train. However, for the location of the bullet train station in Mumbai, which is located in BKC, the Railways will talk to the state government.
Water ATMs will not be installed again at stations: VK Tripathi
The water ATMs that were installed at many railway stations are now completely closed. Because the court case is going on against the contractor who was given the work. Water ATMs will no longer be installed at stations again. On the other hand, Coal India Limited (CIL) Chairman and Managing Director Pramod Agarwal said in a letter to the employees that the priority of the company is to ensure that the power generating units have adequate stock of domestic fuel amid the power shortage. Agarwal said that the priority of Coal India is that the country’s power plants should have adequate stock of domestic coal and the country should get electricity at reasonable prices. Our goal should be to ensure energy at the lowest cost.