How Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways is Emerging as a Big Crisis Manager

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Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways is increasingly emerging as a force for crisis and disaster
 relief management across the country.

Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways is increasingly emerging as a force for crisis and disaster 
relief management across the country. The vast reach of the Indian Railways network means that trains can be used to both mitigate and prevent major problems such as short supply of food, water and fuel. In this year itself, there have been multiple examples of the Railway Ministry stepping in to ensure speedy help and cater better to the needs of people. This is not to say that Indian Railways has traditionally not always served this function. However, there is a notable increase in its capacity to deliver and the focus required for it to do so. Here are four major initiatives that Indian Railways has undertaken this year:

Tripura fuel crisis:

One of the most recent examples of the crucial role played by Indian Railways is the way it helped deal with Tripura’s fuel crisis situation. For the first time in the history of North-East India, Indian Railways recently started a RoRo (Roll On Roll Off) service to transport fuel to the state. The need arose after petrol prices skyrocketed to levels of over Rs 300 per litre. Not just petrol, diesel prices had hit Rs 150 per litre and cooking gas was also very costly. Kilometre long lines at petrol pumps were common sights in the state. The situation was a result of road connectivity to Tripura being severely affected due to rains.

At this juncture, to reduce the demand-supply gap, Railways sent flat-wagon goods train with loaded tanker trucks from Assam to Churaibari in Tripura. PranavJyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer at North-East Frontier Railway told FE Online, “Earlier railway connectivity to North-East was a big problem, but now with Tripura being connected, Indian Railways has been able to provide timely aid to solve the crisis.” “IOC has given 2 lakh 36 thousand litres of HSD (High-Speed Diesel), 7*12 metric tonnes of LPG, 12,000 litres of motor spirit (petrol) and 48,000 litres of SKO (Superior Kerosene Oil),” he said when the first train was rolled out.

SOURCE :The Financial Express

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