New Delhi, October 7: Urbanization taking place at a rapid pace in India, the need for efficient and cost-effective transport is critical in ensuring faster mobility and sustainable development. This was said by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at the International Conference on Technological Advancements in Railway and Metro Projects on Friday at New Delhi.
Addressing the conference, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Technology along with managerial excellence can chart a new trajectory. The Vice President said that with urbanization taking place at a rapid pace in India, the need for efficient and cost-effective transport is critical in ensuring faster mobility and sustainable development.
He further said that new concepts such as ‘Transit Oriented Development’ should be tried out and promoted which will improve the lives of people living around the metro stations in a big way. Naidu also said that the Indian Railways need to plan for a massive expansion very meticulously with forward-looking, efficient technologies and innovative practices currently available across the globe and adopt them to serve our country’s aspiring population.
He further said that the IT revolution sweeping the world, to which India has also been a major contributor, is bound to improve the efficiencies in signaling, communications and safety and help in areas like intelligent transportation systems.
The Vice President also noted that in the Indian ethos, we believe that science and technology are tools to improve the quality of life and we say “Bahujana hitaya, bahujana sukhaya” implying that we aim at the good of humanity at large and also care for the happiness of the entire population on this planet. We also believe this is possible if we are open to new ideas and concepts, either homegrown or from outside, he added.
VP Naidu also expressed his hope that the discussions and the deliberations in this two-day conference will provide a fast-track approach to build many states of the art railway systems that will improve the economy and the quality of life of people in India and the rest of the world.
On this occasion, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also addressed the conference. The Conference has been organized by the Defence Infrastructure Planning & Management Council (DIPM), the Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Niti Aayog.