Aparupa Poddar speaks on punctuality of Indian Railways | Transcript

Thank you Deputy Speaker, Sir, for permitting me to mention the following matter in the Zero Hour. With deep regret, I inform the House that the Indian Railway, the world’s largest public railway network, now has become the world’s biggest late-running network in the country.

During the last six months, few trains have reached their destination in due time though they departed at scheduled time. Number of trains has increased. Good. Fare has been hiked but the security, punctuality, cleanliness of the trains are being neglected.

In this context I like to inform that CAG states zones are reporting wrong data in order to show that the trains are punctual 95% of the time. In addition, CAG also reports that trains are late at least 54 per cent of the time while prestigious trains like Rajdhani were late at least 53 percent of the time. Thus there is a need to measure a report of punctuality from the passengers’ perspective.

I would therefore request you, and the Hon’ble Minister through you, to inform the House with the last three months’ statistics of Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains and the detailed cause of late running. The government must ensure the punctuality, cleanliness and security of the passengers.

Thank you.