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Railways to undergo massive structural reforms: Lohani

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New Delhi: Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani on Thursday said that the railways would shortly undergo massive structural and processes based reforms.

Lohani was speaking at a panel discussion — “Imperatives and Impediments to Growth: GST, Logistics, Infrastructure and Transportation” which was held here during the 112th annual session of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Railway Board Chairman pointed out that consolidation and growth would simultaneously happen in the railways with the aforesaid structural and processes reforms which were unfortunately neglected in the past.

“We are looking very aggressively at addressing all of these (processes and infrastructure gaps),” Lohani said.

According to Lohani, railways is also working to address infrastructural issues so that it can meet the surge in demand and to improve the average speeds of passenger and freight trains.

He suggested that the best way to bring in efficiencies in railways would be through generating competitive spirit within the organisation which has already begun to happen.

Mumbai: Two persons, including a fire fighter, were injured when a massive fire broke out as a gas cylinder exploded during demolition of unauthorised constructions in a slum here on Friday afternoon, officials said.

According to the BMC Disaster Control, 16 fire tenders and 17 water tankers were rushed to the spot of the blaze in Behrampada slums in Bandra east to douse the flames, the thick black smoke from which was visible for several kilometres.

The other injured was a local resident. Both were taken to a hospital and are now out of danger.

The incident resulted in a disruption of services on the Harbour Line which were suspended briefly as a precautionary measure.

The authorities also blocked commuters from using the skywalk near the station, while a massive traffic jam was witnessed on the Western Express Highway.

Efforts are on to extinguish the fire which has been contained, said the officials.

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