Indian railways is concerned about the safety of women passengers, and has created 4 companies of women RPF personnel for their safety, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.
Ladies coaches in metros are being accompanied by women RPF personnel, he added.
There has been a reduction in the number of train accidents, even though passenger and freight volumes have increased, Bansal said in his maiden Railway Budget speech.
Indian Railways face mounting scarcity of resources, he added.
“Howsoever high a flight may be, we must remain connected to the ground,” he said.
Pawan Kumar bansal started his speech with the usual homage to Congress leaders. He is the first Congress Railway Minister in nearly 17 years and expectations are high from his Rail Budget speech.
Bansal had in January hiked railway fares across the board for the first time in a decade. The decision had met with widespread political criticism.