Shortfall of amenities in 2376 railway stations: Govt:

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New Delhi: May 04: Out of 8472 railway stations 2,376 lack minimum essential amenities for passengers, Minister of State, Railways Monoj Sinha told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

‘This is due to upward revision in scale of amenities at various categories of stations,’ Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways informed in a written reply.

Railway stations are classified into seven categories based on annual earnings from passenger traffic at the stations and amenities are provided as per norms based on the categorisation of the station. Shortfall of amenities remains in category D and E railway stations, said Prabhu.

The Ministry has issued guidelines for provision of passenger amenities at stations through utilisation of funds under CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and MPLADS (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) to supplement efforts to improve the amenities.

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