Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The changing face of Indian Railways

I recently visited the Majestic railway station to see off a friend and was pleasantly surpised to note a few changes at the railway station.

To start with, the parking ticket provided in the car parking area of the railway station was a smart card. Difficult to beleive, isn't it? I had heard of smart cards being provided in the car parking area at Bangalore airport, but never did imagine it at a railway station.

The second thing which took me by surprise was the AC waiting room. You must pay a visit there if possible to actaully beleive your eyes. There were good quality black leather sofas in the AC waiting room for passengers to sit. The place was quite aesthically done up, with one wall sporting a textured finish in bright yellow color. The floor had new gleaming absolutely clean tiles. There was a quite creative tourism map of Karnataka on the wall, not the usual atlas map. Another frame had the lyrics of the famous rail song, sung by and picturised on Ashok Kumarin his youth ("Rail gaadi chuk chuk chuk chuk"). The blinds on the windows were multi-colored, giving the room a bright cheerful look. The pay-and-use bathroom in the waiting area was clean and without any stench. In short, the place was comparable or better than a Business Class waiting lounge in any airport in India.

Maybe I have gone overboard with the description of the place. But the point is it really did take me by surprise!!!

Needless to say, the Railway Minister is doing a great job!!! It is very difficult for people to be able to praise his work because of his past, but he has proved he can be a good at minister when he decides to. He has introduced lots of changes in the way things used to happen, which resulted a decent profit for the railways last year. Some of the changes which helped railways profit are :
- Upgradation to higher class in case of available seats
- Strict checks to ensure genuine VIP bookings(for freedom fighters and senior citizens)

There is still a long way to go...but its good to see that the improvements have slowly started trickling in. However, One thing which needs to be taken care of is the security aspect in the trains, esp after yesterday's blasts in Mumbai.

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Anonymous said...

Rajni,

While it is commendable that Laluji is improving the state of our railways, I wish we had the same energy and commitment in the maintenace of our security (internally and on our borders). I think our intelligence gathering needs a facelift, just like our railways. I hope the bad guys who perpetrated this will be caught and brought to justice.

Sriraj

Rajni said...

Sriraj,

You're right.....something serious needs to be done about the security aspect. The problem is the need is realised only after disaster strikes. Security should be a preventive measure and not a reactionary need.

Rajni

Anoop said...

Its a good sign that Indian railways under Sri.Laloo Prasad Yadav delivered a perfect innings. This is really the result of perfect team work,Intelligence,ability to run a team and succeed by giving the employees full freedom to implement experiment any policies without any fear and pressure.Hats off to Laloo n team....

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