The railways are in a race against time to tackle the rail sector’s biggest challenge of the century, the shortage of passenger rail services, a leading railway executive said on Wednesday.
Railway chief general manager, Gopal Subramanium said the railway sector had a long way to go, but that the country’s railways were like the big fishes in the Pond, and that the government could use its “capacity building” to help the railways.
“We need to be prepared for what is coming next,” he told a press conference at the railway office in the capital.
Subramanium added that the railways had been forced to look at the logistics of train services in a hurry.
He said there was a need to consider logistics of trains and passenger trains as well as the possibility of using new technologies, such as unmanned rail vehicles.
Currently, there are around 3,400 passenger rail trains per day.
In a country of over 50 million people, the railways are already at capacity.
The railway sector has been hit by a series of railway accidents that have left more than 1,100 people dead in 2016 alone.
Nearly three quarters of all the fatalities in 2016 involved the railways, with a further one-fifth involving the air force and navy.