PM Narendra Modi turns down Piyush Goyal's signal project worth Rs 78,000 crores
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned down Railway Minister Piyush Goyal's mega project to upgrade train signalling system with European Train Control System (ETCS) - Level 2.
During a meeting with Piyush Goyal and other senior Railway staff members, PM Modi raised logical questions over its testing in Indian conditions, success rate.
He said, Railways first check it in some parts then depending upon its success rate they must come up with such a plan that would have costed nearly Rs 78,000 crores.
It has also been learned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also turned down Goyal's proposal to turn Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus into one of the first museum-cum-railway stations in India.
In November 2017, Piyush Goyal has announced to convert the busy terminal into 'world class museum'.
According to a source quoted by PTI, the Railway ministry has been asked to focus on projects that can be implemented.
"During the meeting, the ministry was asked to concentrate on projects that are implementable. These projects had objections from the Board, zones and even in certain cases the Finance Ministry," the source said.