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Sam Pitroda to Help Modernise Railways


New Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS): Close on the heels of an expert panel on safety last week, the railways Wednesday announced another one headed by technocrat Sam Pitroda to modernise the national transporter.

"The entire world is looking at us," said Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi. "We want a big leap forward for the railways."

He said Pitroda, who played a key role in revolutionising the telecom sector in India two decades ago, "will suggest ways to take the railways to the 4th generation technology".

Recalling the days, Pitroda said: "The task would be easier today as technology, qualified people and better systems are in place than in the 1980s."

The panel will outline strategies for modernisation of railways -- with focus on tracks, signalling, rolling stock, stations and terminals -- using information technology for improving efficiency and safety.

"The need for railways will only increase in the coming decade," said Trivedi. "We need revenue generation to expand and modenise as a service provider."

The panel is expected to submit a report by December this year.

Besides Pitroda, adviser to the prime minister on information innovation, other members of the panel are HDFC Bank chairman Deepak Parekh, former State Bank of India chief M.S. Verma, IIM-A faculty G. Raghuram, IDFC managing director Rajiv Lal and economist Vinayak Chatterjee.


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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Wed, Sep 21 2011

    It during Late Rajeev Gandhi era Sam Pitroda came in to fame.His revolutionary ideas in telecommunications field largely responsible to penetrate deep in to village area in India before 2G and 3G Era.I feel optimistic, Sam will use his brain to rejuvenate Indian Railways far with world std.

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  • Bennet Vas, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 21 2011

    An Excellent Move - He is the right choice and I am sure he will and should bring the Great Indian railways on par with the best in Europe. Thanks to him for the great strides India has made in the IT sector. IR today is a creaking mess of Old and obsolete Rolling Stock - unsafe tracks - erratic signaling - unqualified and underpaid / overworked staff and worst still the rampant corruption specially in the Commercial Department.

    Further over the years the Railway Minister has only catered to the Vote Bank at the cost of improvement in services. It is the life line of the nation and while a bit of subsidy to the common man is welcome - it now has to be run on a professional level with improvement on all sectors and for sure in course of time can be a big revenue earner for the Govt.,

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