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INAUGURAL/KEYNOTE
ADDRESS BY
:

Mr Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
Honourable Union Minister for Railways Ministry of Railways

AGENDA


INAUGURAL/KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • What is the government’s perspective and vision on the development of the railways?
  • What are the new initiatives and future plans of Indian Railways?
  • What are the main issues and challenges faced in this regard?
  • What are the key opportunities?

MAKE IN INDIA: INNOVATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • What are the Make in India opportunities (rolling stock, signalling, tracks, etc.)?
  • What are the specific initiatives in this regard?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
FINANCING: SOLUTIONS AND STRATEGIES
  • What will be the funding requirements of IR in the next few years?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • What are the strategies and solutions for achieving financial self-sustainability?

PPP and beyond

  • What role can PPP play in railway sector development?
  • What are the other forms of partnerships (with PSUs, state governments, etc.) that IR can pursue?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?

DFC: STATUS AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • What is the current status of the DFC?
  • What are the key milestones and targets?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities?

SPOTLIGHT ON HIGH-SPEED RAIL

  • What are the plans for HSR development in India? What has been the progress so far?
  • What are the technology options? What has been the global experience?
  • What are the best practices in HSR design?

IMPROVING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

  • What are the key initiatives being undertaken to improve the customer experience (in ticketing, cleanliness, catering, tourism, etc.)?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities?
  • What are the future plans?

FOCUS ON SAFETY

  • What are the key safety-related focus areas?
  • What are the new initiatives and plans?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?

SIGNALLING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • What are IR’s initiatives and plans in signalling and telecommunications?
  • What are the most promising and relevant technologies?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities?

MODERNISING STATION INFRASTRUCTURE

  • What are the new initiatives and plans for the modernisation/redevelopment of stations?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • What are the opportunities for private players?

NETWORK EXPANSION: TRACKS AND LAST MILE CONNECTIVITY

  • What is being done to improve tracks and last mile connectivity?
  • What are the key initiatives and plans in this area?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities?
RAIL CONNECTIVITY TO THE NORTHEAST
  • What is the rail connectivity scenario in the Northeast?
  • What are the key projects and future plans?
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities?

RESTRUCTURING OF IR

  • What are the recommendations for the restructuring of IR?
  • What is the expected timeframe for its implementation?
  • What is the expected role of the independent regulator?

REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION: INITIATIVES AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • What are IR’s initiatives and plans with respect to setting up solar plants?
  • What is the role of demand-side management in improving energy efficiency?
  • What are the key opportunities?

PROMISE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY

  • What are the most promising and relevant technologies?
  • What has been the experience so far?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
     
 
       
 
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