About Indian Railways and Achievement Of Indian Railways
Indian Railways is the backbone of long distance passenger transport in India with a network that spans more than 66030 km, making it the world’s third largest rail network and the fourth largest rail freight carrier.
The Railways runs 12,000 trains connecting more than 8000 stations and carrying 23 million passengers, and over 7000 freight trains, carrying 3 million tonnes of freight every day.
Indian Railways transports 90% of the total coal moved in the country, supplying 50% of the power in India.
Forty nine percent of the routes are electrified with 25 KV AC electric traction while thirty three percent of them are double or multi-tracked.
Indian Railways started six pilgrims’ special tourist trains to cover Hindu Pilgrim Centres, Jain Pilgrim Centres and Sikh Pilgrim Centres. More different pilgrim Centres being planned in subsequent phases.
In Indian Railways, First ‘Green’ DEMU train introduced on Northern Railway to run between Rewari and Rohtak section.
DEMU factory at Haldia with a production capacity: 400 coaches/annum was commissioned in January 2015 and Mid-life Rehabilitation Workshop with a capacity 250 coaches/annum for coaches at Jhansi completed was commissioned in April 2015.
Construction of Electric Loco Assembly & Ancillary Unit of Chittranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) at Dankuni in West Bengal has been completed.
Modern LHB Coach manufacturing facility has been commissioned at ICF Chennai.
Foundation stone has been laid for setting up of Traction Alternator Factory at Vidisha to manufacture 100 traction alternators per annum of high horse power diesel locomotives, which were earlier being imported.
Rail Wheel Plant at Bela near Chhapra has been commissioned and regular production of cast wheels for rolling stock has commenced. The installed capacity of the plant is 1 lakh wheels per annum. A forged wheel factory at Raebareli by Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited has also been setup.
Railways singed MOU to set up its own Railway Design Centre in collaboration with National Institute of Design (NID).
Indian Railways to use Solar Energy. 30 KW Solar Plant has been commissioned at roof top of Rail Bhawan at New Delhi. Katra Station now solar powered.
Three separate MOUs were signed with the states of Orissa, Jharkand and Chhatisgarh for critical coal connectivity projects to improve transportation of coal.
Indian Railways and Ministry of Water Resources to jointly work for creating logistics hubs with rail connectivity on National Waterways.
Electrification contract for 945 km of Western DFC awarded.
Interim Report of feasibility study by Japan for Bullet Train on Mumbai-Ahemdabad corridor received. The final report expected in June/July 2015. China to undertake feasibility study of introducing Bullet Train on New Delhi-Chennai corridor.
Indian Railways lent helping hand during the Nepal earthquake tragedy by providing ‘Rail Neer’ bottles and by transporting Nepal evacuees. Similarly, Railways also helped during the J&K floods. Railways were in the forefront in extending help to the Indian nationals returning from Yemen also.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project (Bullet Train) has been sanctioned at a total cost of INR 97,636 crores.
The Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor is an under-construction high-speed rail line connecting the cities of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and India's economic hub Mumbai, Maharashtra. It will be India's first high-speed rail line.
Construction of the corridor is expected to begin by June 2018, and the first bullet train is scheduled to leave for its first run on 15 August 2022. The corridor will use E5 Series Shinkansen, and will be operated by JR East.
India's first high-speed rail line (First bullet train) covers the line length of 508 Kms (316 mi) with 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 ½ inches – Standard gauge) of track gauge and Electrification specification is 25 KV AC, 50 Hz, Overhead Catenary.
India's first high-speed rail line (First bullet train) would be operated at 320 km/h (200 mph) speed.
Most of the corridor of India’s First bullet train will be elevated, except for a 21 km underground tunnel between Thane and Virar, of which 7 km will be undersea. The undersea tunnel was chosen to avoid damaging the thick vegetation present in the area. The corridor will begin at the underground station in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and then traverse 21 km underground before emerging above ground at Thane.
India’s First bullet train will have a passenger capacity between 1,300 and 1,600 passengers.
Biggest ‘Make in India’ initiative with JVagreements worth INR 40,000 crores signed between Ministry of Railways and M/S Alstom Manufacturing India for setting up an Electric locomotive factory at Madhepura and with GE Global Sourcing India Pvt. Ltd for setting up a Diesel locomotive factory in Marhowra for rolling stock manufacturing (November 2015).
M/s GE Diesel Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. is setting up a Diesel Locomotive Factory (DLF) at Marhaura, Saran district, Bihar for manufacture and supply of 1000 high power Diesel Electric Locomotives over a period of 10 years. GE is also setting up a locomotive maintenance unit (one of two) at Roza (Shahjahanpur, UP) to service the locomotive factory coming up in Marhaura. M/s ALSTOM is setting up an Electric locomotive factory at Madhepura, Bihar for manufacture and supply of 800 high horse power (12,000HP) electric locomotives over 11 years.
2828 km of Broad Gauge lines commissioned in FY 2015-16 which is highest ever & 1983 km of Broad Gauge lines in FY 2014-15 against an average of 1528 km during 2009-14.
During 2014-16, 3105 RKM have been electrified, which is an average of 1552.5 RKM/annum as against 1236 RKM/annum during 2009-14.
1,098 RKM Optical Fibre Cables (OFC) have been laid in FY15-16. The total OFC network commissioned by Indian Railways is 48,818 RKM OFC enabling high speed communication network over Indian Railways.