Railways Infrastructure
In an attempt to make the country's rail network match the global standards, Indian railways has prepared a clear cut roadmap to invest Rs. 8.5 lakh-cr in the next five years. In this connection, to give complete new face to the country's railways, including converting 3,650 km of meter gauge tracks into broad gauge, it has already initiated investments to the tune of Rs. 3.5 lakh-cr, the concerned minister said, adding that the targeted works would be completed in the next five years across regions. He further added that during the same period, the entire train network will be equipped with bio-toilets and that the ambitious projects being implemented to make the railways a major engine of the country's growth. He also informed about a proposal to lay separate rail lines for freight trains and there is also a plan to lay at least 10 km track per day. Insisting that passenger safety is a major priority for which the latest technology is being introduced and the government was working on removing all un-manned level crossings across the country. Investment in railways has declined over the years as compared to the road sector in the country while it has gone up significantly in countries like China.