Mumbaikars Have High Hopes From New Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Piyush Goyal replaces Prabhu as Rail Minister; job won't be a cakewalk

This is so because Goyal has just under two years' time before the 2019 General elections to deliver which includes finishing some of Modi's dream projects, while brining train accidents to the least.

The Minister said Mr. Prabhu, who was present when he officially took charge, had been his mentor for nearly 20 years, guiding him in his previous tenure as the Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Minister as well.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal, also promoted from Minister of State with an independent charge to the Cabinet, got the railways portfolio, from which Suresh Prabhu was shifted to Commerce and Industry that was with Sitharaman. For Goyal, the railways high operating ratio, which reflects poor financial health, will also be a matter of concern. Goyal's father had been Power Minister then.

His work in rural electrification earned him some name as the government reported the ministry to have electrified 13,134 remote villages out of 18,452 by April 2017.

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Speaking after taking charge on Monday, Mr. Goyal said it was an "emotional day".

Nitin Gadkari, who was holding Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, will also head the Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry.

Prabhu had offered to quit on August 23 after back-to-back train derailments.

"Goyalji is like my younger brother and now he will take over as new Railway Minister".

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