are being run with great difficulty. There is shortage of rakes. All these cannotbe achieved overnight. Even then, we have tried our best. It is better to dosomething than nothing at all. Please pardon me if some proposals could not beconsidered for operational, infrastructural or financial reasons. Planning being aprecondition for meeting these demands, we have prepared Vision 2020, whichis to be realised in a decade. 12.
The goals have been broken up into short, medium and long term ones.The short term goals we can do now. For the medium and long term, we have toplan and arrange funds. This will take time but within five years of UPAgovernment, I think larger section of population will get connectivity, if we getspecial support. 13.
Madam, I would like to bring the attention of the august House to theinformation that the route-kilometres of the Railways was 53,596 kms in 1950.
After a span of 58 years, we have now reached only 64,015 kms, adding just10,419 kms, an annual average of only 180 kms.
Looking at the world, youfind that both developed and developing nations are spending hundreds of billions of dollars each year, adding more and more route- kilometres of newlines. This is why we have to move faster, to connect peoples and places acrossthis nation. 14.
Ever since independence, it is a fact, Madam Speaker, that the populationhas increased; so has the economy grown. However, the acute needs of thecommon people for proper infrastructure, particularly rail infrastructure, haveremained unfulfilled. That is why we are going for innovative financing, whichwe have strongly pursued for the last six months. Yes, we need connectivity forindustries, ports, tourist centres, universities, religious places, coal mines andother places, but with the limited funds available we cannot meet all thedemands. 15.
That is why our target is to add 25,000 kms of new lines in the next tenyears, as outlined in Vision 2020. This has to be achieved by breaking theshackles of constraints. We have to make a beginning.