Existing Railway Zones, Divisions addressing Operational requirements efficiently: MOSR

New Delhi: The government has said that existing railway zones and divisions are effectively addressing various factors such as size, workload, accessibility, traffic pattern and other operational/administrative requirements, consistent with the needs of economy and efficiency.

In a written reply to a question raised in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, said, “At present, there is no plan to set up new divisions on Indian Railways, except those with headquarters at Gulbarga, Jammu and Silchar, which were announced in February, 2014.”

In addition, he said that a committee of senior officers from Railways has also been constituted to examine the issue of setting up a new railway zone in the successor State of Andhra Pradesh, in terms of Item No.8 of Schedule 13 (Infrastructure) of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Sinha also said that the Konkan Railway is not attached to any zonal railway. It is under the control of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Ministry of Railways, formed with the mandate of construction and operation of Konkan Railway.