Rail Unites The Country
Indian Railways has the world’s fourth largest network after those of the United States, Russia and China. The railways traverse the length and breadth of the country and carry over 30 million passengers and 2.8 million tons of freight daily.
India is a vast country with different types of terrains such as the Thar desert in Rajasthan, the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh and the North-East, the plateaus of the Deccan, the rocky terrain of the Western Ghats, the dense forests in different parts of the country and so on. Rapid and efficient connectivity between such diverse regions is a challenge which our railways were able to meet. It connects to all major cities, small towns and even remote villages. Except for Sikkim and Meghalaya, the rest of India including Kashmir is covered by this vast network.
A vast majority of our population lives in rural India and their earning income is often not substantial to afford air travel or even by road especially in private vehicles. This is where the railways comes in the picture – it enable our people to travel from one place to another either for personal purpose, for business purposes, to find employment in bigger towns/cities etc.
The railways also help to promote tourism by enabling people to travel for holidays, sight-seeing, visiting new locales etc. This help to make the Indians to be aware and take pride in the glorious beauty and diverse cultures of our great country.
The freight cars carry extensive loads of goods over considerable terrains and help to promote trade between states.
Thus, the Indian Railways is the lifelines of our country and is the major driving force of its economic. It is clearly, the unifying force of our country!