From Kisan Rail to DFC, Railway projects that were executed during pandemic to boost Atmanirbhar Bharat

Last year has been like no other, and the Indian Railways battled to keep the country’s lifeline going. From dedicated freight trains carrying relief to Shramik special trains to get migrant workers back home, the Railways became crucial in India’s pandemic fight.

President Ram Nath Kovind, too, took note of these efforts as he addressed the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament on the first day of the Budget Session. During his address, the president praised the govt for carrying out the projects that helped India become self-reliant even during the pandemic.

Here’s a look at some of the special Railways initiatives:

Shramik Special trains

Mindful of the plight of migrant labourers, some of whom were forced to walk back to their hometown when the lockdown was announced in March, Indian Railways announced Shramik special trains. These were started from May 1, and transported stranded workers, students, pilgrims and tourists to their native states.

Dedicated Freight Corridors

Railways has been developing infrastructure to create an efficient freight transportation system in the country. In the recent past, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors to the nation. The dedicated freight corridors avoid unnecessary delays during transit.

Boosting tourism: Trains to ‘Statue of Unity’

PM Modi flagged off 8 trains that connect Kevadiya to other parts of the country. This move is believed to be aimed at boosting tourism in Kevadiya, a small block in a remote area of Gujarat that houses the ‘Statue of Unity’.

Kisan Rail

With an aim to double farmers income, the government launched Kisan Rail in August last year. Equipped with frozen containers, these trains transport agricultural products like fruits and vegetables in a short period of time from one state to another. In future, these trains are expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, including fish, meat and milk.

Tech advancements in Metro

Urban infrastructure has been on the government’s priority list. While 27 new cities received Metro rail services, a driverless metro was recently introduced on one of the routes of Delhi Metro.

Besides, the public transport system is being improved with the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) that will provide regional connectivity to NCR with an operational speed of 160 kilometres per hour.

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