Sunday, August 31, 2008
Railways Are Back
As someone who was born and lived in a country with the world's largest and most successful rail network, I should be proud of this. Green Daily has highlighted the enormous advantages that rail has over roads in the economical transportation of goods in this post: http://www.greendaily.com/2008/08/31/railroads-a-nineteenth-century-technology-for-the-21st-century/ However, this does not mean that there is no scope for improvement. India's rail networks are old and the engine and coach technology dates back to the 1950s. There is scope for developing the networks to make compartments more comfortable for passengers, for making goods carriers more efficient and for the use of more fuel efficient engines. Somehow, my fear is that with the success of the rail network as far as generating profits in India is concerned, the government may become complacent and decide to leave possible improvements alone. That would be a terrible shame. I hope that I am proven wrong in this suspicion.