NN Banerjee

Railways in Budget 2022: A Road Map to Handover Railways to the Corporate Capital

Can the people feel assured of safe and comfortable rail travel because of budget allocation of Rs 1,40,367.13 Crores for 2022-23? It’s really a question mark. In fact, this allocation is a part of the Prime Minister’s Gati Shakti Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity announced on the day of the country’s 75th year of Independence. PM Gati Shakti Master Plan to upgrade infrastructure (Railways, Roads, Airports, Ports, Public Transportation, Waterways and Logistics) is described as "seven engines" for economic growth and development leading to huge job opportunities.

Railway Accident in North Bengal: Profit Gets Precedence Over Safety

On 13th January 2022 at around 5P.M, the Bikaner Express, running from Bikaner to Guwahati via Patna, derailed between the New Domohani and New Maynaguri stations in North Bengal, killing 9 passengers and injuring 40 which include critically wounded passengers. The gruesome pictures of 12 mangled coaches mounting on top of each other indicate complete failure of safety ecosystem in railways.