Improving safe travel first priority, new projects later: Railway minister

Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chawdhury today said the Centre was giving importance to improving safety aspect of train travel and improvement of infrastructure vis-a-vis taking up seven new projects immediately.

In a chat with reporters at the airport here on his arrival from New Delhi en route to Puducherry to flag off a new train service to Mumbai from Pondy, he said acquisition of land and encroachment of Railway land was the main reason for railway projects worth about Rs two lakh crore pending.

However, steps were being taken to clear these hurdles, he informed.