NEW DELHI: Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi has started with the presentation of his maiden Railway Budget in Parliament.
Safety is my first priority and sole emphasis, Dinesh Trivedi said reading out his budget speech.
He said time has come to think in terms of one national policy for Indian Railways.
The railway minister announced the setting up of an independent railway safety authority as statutory safety body .
He announced several modernisation programmes for the railways in his speech and said investment of Rs.5.60 lakh crore would be required for the purpose.
He said the railways will make an effort to remove all unmanned crossings in the next five years.
Dinesh Trivedi announced plans to bring down operating ratio which at present stands at 95%.
The railway minister said special purpose vehicle would be set up on safety protocols.