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Government of India
Ministry of Railways
12-May-2016 20:12 IST
Indian Railways commissions around 4800 kilometer of broad gauge track in last two financial years which is a record performance

Member Engineering (ME), Railway Board Shri V.K.Gupta informed that Indian Railways has commissioned around 4800 kilometer of Broad Gauge track in last two financial years including about 1200 Km New Lines, 1900 Km Gauge Conversion and 1700 Km Doubling. As compared to this, Railways have been commissioning at an average of about 1530 Km in the previous five years.

            M.E. was giving information to media in a press conference here today.  Following are the other details informed by M.E. :

·         In current financial year, Indian Railways is set to commission over 2800 Km Broad Gauge track at the rate of over 7.7 Km per day.

·         In the North East, Indian Railways commissioned about 900 km of Broad Gauge in last two years, leaving only about 50 Km MG lines to be converted in 2016-17. In addition, a 132 Km part of 3rd alternative connectivity route to Northeast (i.e. New Maynaguri – Jogighopa) was also commissioned.

·         Important railway lines commissioned during this period include:

o   Udhampur-Katra (25 km) New Line in Jammu & Kashmir – providing direct connectivity for millions of pilgrims coming to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi from various parts of the country.

o   With commissioning of Rangapara-Murkongselek & Balipara-Bhalukpong (362 km) section, the entire North Bank of Brahmaputra brought on Broad Gauge Network. This has also provided second rail connectivity to the State of Arunachal Pradesh.

o   Lumding – Silchar Gauge Conversion (210 Km) bringing Barak Valley of Assam on Broad Gauge.

o   Mega – Block of Badarpur - Kumarghat – Agartala (227 Km) Meter Gauge line was taken on 01-10-2015 for six months. Passenger services have been introduced between Silchar and Agartala, thereby bringing, the Capital of Tripura on Broad Gauge.

o   Dudhnoi-Mendipathar (20 km) New line – bringing Meghalaya on Indian Railway BG Network.

o   With the commissioning of Kathakal-Bhairabi and Arunachal-Jiribam sections, the States of Mizoram and Manipur have come on Broad Gauge map of the country.

o   New Mal – Changrabandha (62 Km) gauge Conversion and Changrabandha – New Coochbehar (70 Km) New line in the flood prone North Bengal commissioned, thereby providing an alternative route to the NE Region.

o   Two Mega Rail-cum-Road bridges over River Ganga at Patna and Munger in Bihar were commissioned for railway traffic, integrating North and South Bihar.

o   Opening of Daniawan – Bihar Sharief (38 Km) for passenger traffic, thereby bringing backward areas of Bihar on Broad Gauge.

o   Chhapra-Thawe (107 Km) Gauge conversion has been commissioned for goods traffic, thereby completing long pending Kaptanganj-Tawe-Chhapra Gauge Conversion Project.

o   Opening of Nawadih – Kawar (53 Km) for passenger traffic, thereby bringing backward areas of Jharkhand on Broad Gauge.

o   Koderma-Hazaribagh (80 km) New Line – bringing Naxal affected district of Hazaribagh on railway map.

o   Bhind-Etawah (36 km) New line – providing direct connectivity from Etawah to Guna, Gwalior and Bhind benefiting people of backward areas of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

o   Gauge Conversion of Barhni-Gonda loop (108 km) – providing much needed Broad Gauge connectivity to the backward areas of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

o   Agra-Etawah (110 km) New Line – providing rail connectivity to Bateshwar, the ancestral village of Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee. (Since ages Bateshwar remained a renowned religious centre both for Hindu and Jain communities. In the epic Mahabharat Bateshwar is supposed to be referred as Shouripur a city of king Suresaine. It is known for 101 Shiv Temples built by Raja Badan Singh Bhadauria on a dam on the banks of Yamuna. Shaouripur, near Bateshwar, which is the birthplace of the 22nd Tirthankar of Jain faith, Lord Neminath.)

o   Kasganj-Bareilly (106 Km) section of Kanpur-Kasganj-Mathura & Kasganj-Bareilly- Lalkuan gauge conversion commissioned – providing direct rail connectivity to the valleys of Kumaon in Uttarakhand with the rest of the country.

o   Etawah-Mainpuri (58 Km) New Line has been commissioned for goods traffic, thereby completing a long pending project of ravines of Chambal.

o   Jind – Sonepat New Line (81 Km) – connecting backward areas of Haryana.

o   Sikar – Loharu Broad Gauge (122 Km) – bringing Sikar and Jhunjhunu Districts of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan nearer to the National Capital.

o   Suratpura-Hanumangarh (174 Km) broad gauge line has provided vital missing link to backward region of North Rajasthan.

o   Bangurgram-Ras (28 km) New line in Rajasthan.

o   Khurda Road-Begunia-Rajsunakhala (42 km) New line – benefiting people of backward areas of Odisha.

o   Palani – Pollachi – Palakkad (117 Km) Gauge Conversion commissioned thereby completing conversion of Dindigul – Palakkad   route in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

o   Completion and commissioning of Mawaikhas – Khajuraho (100 Km) section of Lalitpur-Singrauli New Line for goods traffic. This section will be opened to passenger traffic shortly. This will provide much needed rail connectivity to the backward districts of Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh.

o   Opening of Yerraguntla-Nossam (47 km) New Line for passenger traffic and Nossam – Banganapalli (45 Km) for goods traffic– providing rail connectivity to backward regions of Andhra Pradesh.

o   Jagtial-Morthad (51 km) New line (part of Peddapally-Karimanagar-Nizamabad) in Telangana commissioned.


·         Road Over and Road Under Bridges: 2132 ROBs/RUBs were completed in last two years, at an average of 1066 per year, as compared to an average of 763 per year in previous five years.

·         Elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings: 2433 unmanned level crossings were eliminated in last two years, at an average of 1217 per year, as compared to 1139 per year in previous five years. Elimination of Level Crossings is becoming more and more difficult with time, as those identified for easy elimination have already been eliminated.

·         Technological Advancements and Innovations in Projects:

o   Many innovations were done in Design of bridges, ROBs/RUBs, formation etc. resulting into an immediate saving of about Rs 700 crores on Northern Railway. In fact, these innovations would result in perpetual savings of thousands of crores every year on Indian Railways.

o   e-enabled Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) has been launched in April, 2016. Drone video-graphy has been introduced for ongoing projects. This will enable close monitoring of various projects on Indian Railways.


Remarks :


·         Commissioning of a Railway line is quite different from a road as:

o   Road can be commissioned as soon as it is laid even in small patches whereas Railway line can be commissioned when it has been completed end to end.

o   Road does not involve interference with the existing system, whereas commissioning of a railway line involves Non-Interlocking of existing stations and integration of newly laid track with the running system. This is a very cumbersome process as train running is affected during commissioning process.

o   A railway line is certified to be traffic worthy by General Manager (Special Secretary level officer) and inspected by Commissioner of Railway Safety before authorizing running of trains on it. No such certification is required in case of a road.