Railways need nearly Rs 5 lakh crore to complete all sanctioned projects for which it is mobilising additional resources including private investment, FDI and private-public partnership.
Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda intends to bring major changes in the railway sector and he would focus on the 'four S': safety, service, security and speed. PM Narendra Modi has already proposed bringing in speed trains and bullet trains, he said.
Karnataka now finds itself in the company of other states in the clamp down on mining and ore transport. This means India will soon drop down in its export rankings of ore, adding to the brewing export and currency troubles. A Shivkamal writes that in this delicate environment, further reforms in mining will prove to be difficult to implement, at least in the near future.