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Status of track renewal in railways

After the spate of railway accidents in north India earlier this year, the Railway administration decided to focus on track renewal program in an effort to contain mishaps. Over six hundred kilometres of track in northern railway and four hundred kilometres of track in southern railway have been targeted to be replaced during the current financial year according to figures placed before the Parliament by the Railway ministry.

 A sum of Rs 1400 Crore and Rs one thousand Crore have been earmarked for track renewal work in northern and southern railways respectively..

 Track renewal targets are fixed every year zone-wise. The details of track renewal target and actual renewal since 2014 onwards year-wise and zone-wise are as under:

 

Zonal Railway

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Target

Actual renewal

Target

Actual renewal

Target

Actual renewal

Target

Actual renewal (up to November 2017)

Central

200

205

220

185

220

195

275

115

Eastern

183

185

200

162

192

178

246

125

East Central

171

203

150

202

187

180

225

163

East Coast

62

60

110

116

103

119

243

122

Northern

385

383

390

387

532

281

615

246

North Central

130

152

150

164

166

111

192

92

North Eastern

68

45

90

80

78

81

105

57

Northeast Frontier

27

34

50

95

37

42

43

42

North Western

24

24

50

59

71

80

155

75

Southern

102

135

150

187

198

207

406

171

South Central

175

208

190

278

118

150

147

100

South Eastern

110

168

150

209

103

190

209

186

South East Central

102

107

120

119

174

123

161

83

South Western

102

96

110

118

105

117

170

96

Western

165

194

190

229

216

240

252

205

West Central

194

225

180

204

168

193

156

129

Total

2200

2424

2500

2794

2668

2487

3600

2007

All figures in kilometers of Complete Track Renewal (CTR) units

 

The details of funds allocated for track renewal since 2014 onwards, year-wise and zone-wise are as under:

 

Zonal Railway

Funds allocated for track renewal ( In Crore)

RE 2014-15

RE 2015-16

RE 2016-17

BE 2017-18

Central

372

427.70

515.70

808.66

Eastern

364

314.90

513.48

543.85

East Central

318.24

398.30

470

652.97

East Coast

160

217.30

229.05

738.92

Northern

650

616.64

780

1400.70

North Central

330

376.20

433.02

433.16

North Eastern

145

141

212

316.08

Northeast Frontier

152

225.18

257.97

258.90

North Western

86

95.66

192.87

442.03

Southern

290

347.80

499.48

1066.02

South Central

421

500.20

435.27

604.66

South Eastern

308

384.20

515

594.24

South East Central

326

283.28

277.51

382.09

South Western

160

181.48

255.54

386.01

Western

411

390.10

514

712.54

West Central

531

520.36

632.56

602.80

Total

5024.24

5420.30

6733.45

9943.63

RE Revised Estimates, BE Budget Estimates

 

Track renewal is an ongoing process which is undertaken as and when a stretch of track becomes due for renewal on age/condition basis. Track Renewal works are planned in advance every year and their execution is prioritized according to the condition of track ensuring all the time that track is in a sound condition for safe running of trains. In case any stretch of track is not renewed in time due to various reasons, suitable speed restrictions, if required, are imposed to ensure safe running of trains. As on 01.04.2017, track renewal covering 7546 km is sanctioned out of which 3600 km is targeted for the year 2017-18. Normally, track renewal works are completed in two to three years of sanction.

Replacement of all lever frames and Semaphore Signalling system with Electronic/Panel/Route Relay Interlocking (EI/PI/RRI) system and Multiple Aspect Colour Light Signalling (MACLS) are progressively being done on age cum condition basis. A total 235 Nos. of stations are remaining with Semaphore Signals as on 31.03.2017. These are likely to be replaced with MACLS with EI/PI/RRI in next three years. 

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on December 29..

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