Vaishnaw appealed to the agitators to not damage railway properties or any other public properties as those belong to the nation. He also informed that high-speed 5G internet service will be rolled out in Odisha very soon.
Vaishnaw was in Surat to inspect the progress of the government's ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project.
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The Minister said the Railways needed to move forward with a clear vision, absorb technology with an open mind, work with a cordial atmosphere and break hierarchies.
The telecom minister, after making a video call on indigenously developed 5G technology gears, said that it is the realisation of the Prime Minister’s vision.
The expedition of the delayed railway projects in Odisha depends upon land acquisition by the State government on a priority basis. Final location of the project also depends upon the land acquisition, said Vaishnaw
The technology should be indigenous like the contribution of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) to Vande Bharat Express, and take the sector forward, he said, while virtually inaugurating the 20th all India conference of the Bharatiya Railway Mazdoor Sangh (BRMS) at Rail mandapam, Perambur, from Delhi.
All the 46 railway stations are being developed under the Adarsh Station Scheme.
About the expansion of the network, he said that prior to 2014, the average expansion of track laying was only 1,520 km per year but has been brought up to 3,000 km per year now.
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The Minister witnessed how the technology avoids trains passing Signal at Danger, how their speed is automatically regulated while passing through loop lines and how rear-end collision is automatically avoided.
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After a small function at Diva station, they returned to Thane by a special inspection coach, railway officials said. Vaishnaw then tasted a 'vada pav' and tea at a roadside stall outside the Thane railway station, they said.
The railway ministry has approved five projects in Odisha which will be developed by Odisha Rail Infrastructure Development Limited (ORIDL), a joint venture company of the Odisha government (51%) and the Ministry of Railways (49%), Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed the Rajya Sabha.
A key highlight of the summit will be India's biggest fintech hackathon ever, which will provide an opportunity to individual developers and the startup community to present breakthrough ideas with the potential to solve real-world problems.