An efficient multi-modal transport system is imperative: President Murmu

India’s President Droupadi Murmu has emphasised on Friday the need to have an efficient multi-modal transport system in the nation. She said a holistic approach needs to be taken for rail, road, air and water transportation.

She made these remarks while addressing a gathering of 213 probationers belonging to the 2019, 2020, and 2021 batches from various services of the Indian Railways at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre.

During her remarks, President Murmu underscored the unique importance of the railways, she said unlike any commercial organisation the railways is a social lifeline of the country. Besides, it carries the dreams of ordinary people and at the same time, its nationwide connectivity showcases nation’s diversity, the President said.

“The country needs an efficient multi-modal transport system for which rail, road, air and water transportation should be dealt with a holistic approach and not in isolation.”

She further went on to ask the probationers to all work in coordination with the officers of other departments to achieve the goal of an atmanirbhar and developed nation.”

President Droupadi Murmu in a group photo with Probationers of 2019, 2020 and 2021 batches of various services of Indian Railways, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi | Photo Credit: ANI

Acknowledging the rapid and extensive technological changes taking place, she asked the officers to work collectively and make the railways a future-ready organisation.

Ms. Murmu said trains and their journeys have always been an important part of people’s lives.

“From local trains to long-distance trains, every train journey creates and witnesses countless stories. Being a very important part of such an establishment which has a strong impact on public life, you must understand that the nation and the people have huge expectations from you,” she told the officers.

Highlighting the railway’s commitment to environmental sustainability, she noted the increasing fuel efficiency and the adoption of innovative and eco-friendly solutions within the organization. Additionally, President Murmu emphasized that railway infrastructure development significantly contributes to the country’s socio-economic growth and development.

She said the redevelopment of railway station under the ‘Amrit Bharat Station scheme’ using green technology and adding worldclass amenities is a great people-centric initiative that will provide strong push to tourism activities and economic progress.

“I am confident that all the bright young officers present here today will play a productive role in the making of a modernized green Indian Railways and the building of a developed nation,” the President added.

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