Beijing: Indian Railways should try and benchmark its services with that of China’s fast-modernizing railway network and infrastructure, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said.
Ahluwalia, who was in Beijing this week on a study mission, toured the Beijing West Railway Station here which he said was an example for India to emulate.
“I spent one hour visiting Beijing West Railway Station. It is very impressive, clean and organized,” he said on one of the biggest railway stations in Asia.
“I am going to suggest to the Chairman of the Railway Board, to go and visit Beijing West Railway station and at least try to benchmark ourselves in that level of efficiency,” he said after exchanging views with senior Chinese railway officials here.
Opened in early 1996, after three years of construction, the Beijing West Railway Station expanded in 2000 and can now handle 300,000 passengers daily. It also has vast parking lots.
Ahluwalia said the Planning Commission will consider China’s impressive growth and social development models while formulating the 11th Five Year Plan.
“I believe that the Chinese experience has tremendous lessons for us and I certainly expect when I go back in the preparation for the 11th Five Year Plan, we will take up these issues,” Ahluwalia said.