Niyati Rana, DNA | Last Modified - Dec 24, 2011, 02:39 AM IST
Ahmedabad: Years after former union railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav visited the lush green campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) to share his 'success story' about Indian Railways, the current railway minister- Dinesh Trivedi was at the mecca of management, on Friday as a guest, albeit without much fanfare.
Far away from the much hooplah that was created before the visit of maverick Yadav, Trivedi's visit to the premier institute was a quiet affair. His visit to the institute was aimed at finding ways for the betterment of Indian Railways, through brainstorming sessions with senior faculty members.
Talking about the brainstorming session Trivedi had with around 25 students,10 faculties and director prof Samir Barua at the IIM-A, one of the faculty member who attended the meeting said that since the budget session is inching closer, Trivedi sought ideas on what should be included in the budget. There was also discussion on issues staring at Indian Railways and how to confront them. "He said that his focus is on increasing revenue for Indian Railways and make it self-sustained. This will enable them to introduce 130 new projects which are in pipeline for the railways without taking money from central government," said a student who attended the session at the KLMDC at IIMA.
Student said one of the faculties proposed that railways should also go for public private partnership (PPP) model as many corporate houses have benefited from the model. "There was also discussion on requirement of a separate regulatory body for the Indian Railways like the DGCA for airlines," said another professor. However, since it was an informal interaction, what would he choose to implement was not discussed. Trivedi also went to National Institute of Design (NID) to get an idea of new designs which will suit the railways. Director of NID Pradyumna Vyas said Trivedi's visit to the campus was very good. "In the new era, there needs to be design change in the Indian Railways. We discussed about new design for uniform, coach, railway station etc. We will now formally prepared a proposal and submit it to work with the Indian Railways," he said