Indian Railways prepares National Rail Plan for India to make system ‘future ready’ by 2030

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new Delhi: The Indian Railways has drawn up a National Rail Plan (NRP) for India that will create a ‘future ready’ railway system by 2030, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

In a written reply, Vaishnav said the objective of the NRP is to formulate a strategy based on both operational efficiency and commercial policy initiatives to increase the share of railways in freight traffic to 45 per cent. He also pointed out that the plan aims to build capacity ahead of demand, which in turn will also meet future growth in demand by 2050 and increase the modal share of railways in freight traffic to 45 per cent and will continue to do so. to maintain it.

The Minister said that the main objective of the National Rail Plan is to formulate a strategy based on both operational efficiency and commercial policy initiatives to increase the share of Railways in freight traffic to 45 per cent.

Also, substantially reduce the time taken by freight trains by increasing the average speed of freight trains to 50 kmph. As part of the National Rail Plan, Vision 2024 has been launched for speedy implementation of some important projects such as 100% electrification, multi-tracking of congested routes, Delhi-Howrah and 160 kmph on Delhi by 2024. Upgradation of speed to 130 kmph on Mumbai route, all other Golden Quadrilateral-Golden Diagonal (GQ/GD) routes and elimination of all level crossings on all GQ or GD routes.

According to the Ministry of Railways, the NRP also suggests identification of new dedicated freight corridors and new high-speed rail corridors. The plan includes assessment of requirement of rolling stock for passenger traffic as well as requirement of wagons for freight and locomotive requirement to meet the twin objectives of 100% electrification (green energy) and increasing freight model share. also includes.

Vaishnav said that NRP also includes the calculation of total investment in capital with periodic break ups.

He also said that the continued involvement of the private sector in areas such as operation and ownership of rolling stock, development of freight and passenger terminals, development or operation of track infrastructure, etc.

It may be mentioned that 58 supercritical projects with a total length of 3750 km worth Rs.39,663 crore and 68 critical projects with a total length of 6913 km worth Rs 75,736 crore have been identified for completion by 2024. (ANI)

First published:March 16, 2022 at 8:12 pm

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