Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has often been dubbed by his criticis as a Twitter minister because of his prolific use of the microblogging site to resolve minor inconveniences of passengers.
However, on major fronts, his department has made no progress at all. In some cases, the performance of Indian trains have alarmingly worsened under Suresh Prabhu as the minister.
The number of accidents has risen with total losses of lives also experiencing phenomenal jump. More recently, in November last year, the derailment of 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express at Pukhrayan near Kanpur had claimed over 150 lives.
And to add insult to Prabhu’s injury, a new study has concluded that the trains’ panctuality has taken a serious beating during his time as the minister.
An in-depth study by website http://trainsuvidha.com has made shocking revelations. According to the report, the number of trains running arriving at detsinations more than 15 hours late has experienced a whopping jump of 800 percent in the last four years.
This is between the last three months of the UPA rule and the first three months of 2017, when the country is being governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The overall number of trains arriving on time has also gone down considerably since Prabhu was hand-picked by PM Modi to head the railway ministry.
In 2016, even Prabhu confessed that it was a tough year for the railways.
Owing to less loadings demand and poor growth in passenger bookings in 2016, there was a shortfall of about Rs 14,000 crore in total revenue earnings besides the cross-subsidy in passenger segment touching at Rs 33,000 crore and the Pay Commission commitments staring at Rs 32,000 crore.