VARANASI: Minister of Railways, Government of India, Ashwini Vaishnav said that Varanasi Junction and Kashi station are being revamped into world-class stations keeping in view the needs for the next 50 years.
While interacting with students of Banaras Hindu University and IIT (BHU) at the amphitheatre ground on Saturday, the minister spoke about a number of measures being taken by the government of India for transforming Indian Railways. He said that the government is working to develop new world-class railway stations across India to ensure that passengers have the best of the experience. He informed that the Union Cabinet gave approval to develop 50 railway stations in the country including Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Charbagh Lucknow, Chennai, Bengaluru Cantt, Madurai. Work has started in 45 railway stations.
He said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the Indian Railways was working to strengthen the infrastructure in the spirit of Nation First, Always First. He added that the Prime Minister desires that the identity of the city be visible in the railway stations of different cities. He stressed that the railway station should be the one connecting both the parts of the city, and the expansion of the railway station is being done to achieve this. Besides, capacities are being augmented so that people get rid of waiting lists, hassles and delays in train movements, he added.
About the new advancements in the sector of made in India rolling stock, the minister said that Vande Bharat has emerged as a new benchmark. The Vande Bharat Express trains equipped with modern facilities will run across the country. In total there will be 475 Vande Bharat trains connecting various parts of India, said the minister. He said that the pace of laying new railway tracks has increased over the last 10 years. In 2012, it was merely 4km a day; today it has increased by three times to 12km/day, which is soon expected to be 20km/day. Responding to a question on privatization of Indian railways, he explained that railways in a country as big as India is a complex structure, and that is why it would not be privatised as it is best suited under the government. He also responded to the question on jobs in the time of a probable recession. The minister told that around 1.48 lakh new jobs are expected to be created within the railway sector in near future. The Minister enlightened the audience about the massive investment of Rs. 76,000 crore into the semiconductor-chip industry. He said that at present India has become the second largest mobile manufacturer in the world. India has become the sixth country in the world, which is equipped with end-to-end facilities of mobile towers and 5G technology. He urged the students to make the country developed one by 2047.
He said that work is also going at a fast pace in the field of 5G. He informed that 5G labs will be set up in 100 universities in the country. He said that at present, a target of setting up 2500 5G towers every week was given but by January next year, the Prime Minister has asked to build 10,000 5G towers every week. By next Diwali, he promised that the 5G network will reach most parts of the country.

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