Railway Ministry Mulls Setting up Thermal Power Stations for Uninterrupted Train Services

Deputy Railway Minister discloses plans for electrification and pay scale adjustments

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): In a recent Rajya Sabha debate on the Railway budget, Deputy Railway Minister, Mr. Mohd Shafi Qureshi, hinted at the possibility of setting up thermal power stations in certain areas to ensure uninterrupted train services amidst the power shortage in the country. Priority for electrification in the Railways’ program will be given to trunk routes such as Madras, Delhi, Calcutta, and Bombay, and the New Delhi-Howrah route has already had 85% of its electrification work completed.

In addition, Mr. Qureshi revealed that the Railways have approved the majority of the Miabhoy Tribunal’s suggestions and are currently issuing prompt directives to improve the positions of guards and drivers, as well as adjust the pay grades of keymen and gangmates. Directives for implementing other recommendations, such as granting special pay to foremen working in workshops and providing night-duty allowance to specific staff categories, will be issued in the near future.

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