In a major
initiative to ensure expeditious implementation of ambitious Railway
Infrastructure Development Plans, Railway Ministry is organizing a “Mega
Conclave” on January 17 with all stakeholders including leaders of the
The Conclave will
not only see Railway Board Members and Senior Zonal Railway Officials
interacting with construction industry captains but will also see Minister of
Railways Piyush Goyal to have a mutual dialogue and personal interaction with
The Conclave named
as “NIRMAN – SAMVAAD” is being organized by Railways PSU Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd.
(RVNL) which is a dedicated arm of the Ministry of Railways for fast track
implementation of railway projects. The Conclave will provide an opportunity to
discuss the impediments/constraints faced in implementation of the projects and
to seek suggestions to remove bottlenecks and bring about efficiencies in
project execution on Railways.
Senior Officers of
Railway Board, Zonal Railways, CPSEs and top executives of about 400
construction and consultancy companies will be participating to deliberate upon
the issues/impediments being faced by the industry and arriving at possible
remedies thereof. The ambitious Infrastructure Development Projects of
Indian Railways include Doubling Projects, Electrification Projects, Hill
Railway Projects, Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) and High-Speed Projects on
Railways has ambitious plans for development of Rail infrastructure to meet the
ever increasing transport needs of the nation and a huge investment in this
sector has been planned. The main focus is on:-
The main focus of
the conclave is to step up the pace of augmentation of railway network which needs
a quantum jump. The speed of execution of doubling/tripling and
quadrupling which is about 800 kms per annum for the last 5 years, needs to
be accelerated 2 to 3 times to meet the increasing demand.
The Railways have
taken a policy decision to complete the electrification of the entire rail
network in the country in the next 3 to 5 years. So far out of 63000 route
kilometers of the rail network hardly, 25201 route kilometers have been
commissioned on electric traction till 31st March 2017.
The average pace of electrification during last five years is about 1300 route
kilometers per annum which needs to be increased by 6 to 8 times to electrify
remaining 38000 RKMs to meet the ambition of complete electrification.
The meeting will
take up the implementation of Hill Rail Projects in Northern India, including
Rishikesh - Karanprayag, Char Dham rail connectivity, Bhanupalli - Bilaspur and
on to Leh.Completion of ongoing and proposed Dedicated Freight Corridors in
western, northern and eastern India and The bullet train project between Mumbai-
Ahmedabad and other projects on Diamond Quadrilateral to link the major
It has been
experienced that there are constraints of capacity from the side of both
executing agencies as well as from railways to meet the demand. The Conclave
will address all these issues and workout solutions with a view to ensure fast
track implementation of all railway projects.