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LAYING OF NEW RAILWAY LINES
JAN AHAAR OUTLETS UNDER INDIAN RAILWAYS
IMPROVEMENT OF SAFETY FEATURES & PASSENGERS AMENITIES IN TRAIN COACHES
CREATION OF INFRASTURCTURE FOR FREIGHT AT RAILWAY YARDS
COMPLETE MECHANISATION OF ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME IN INDIAN RAILWAYS

LAYING OF NEW RAILWAY LINES

2574 Km of New Lines have been commissioned from 2014 till 30.06.2018 i.e. in 4 years and 3 months. State-wise details of New Lines commissioned during this period are as under:-

State Construction of New Line ( in km)
Andhra Pradesh                                                                                   221
Bihar 229
Chhattisgarh 34
Gujarat 33
Haryana 160
Jammu & Kashmir 25
Jharkhand 439
Karnataka 240
Madhya Pradesh 235
Maharashtra 39
NE Region 178
Odihsa 118
Punjab 16
Rajasthan 73
Telangana 186
Uttar Pradesh 262
West Bengal 86
Total 2574

As on date, 180 New Line projects costing  356120.17 Crore for 19644.8 km are in different stages of planning /approval / execution.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

JAN AHAAR OUTLETS UNDER INDIAN RAILWAYS

Total 53 Jan Ahaar outlets are operational under Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation is as per the list given below:-

S. No. ZONAL RAILWAY No. OF UNITS
1 CENTRAL 8
2 EAST COAST 4
3 EAST CENTRAL 1
4 EASTERN 5
5 NORTH EASTERN 2
6 NORTHEAST FRONTIER 3
7 NORTHERN 4
8 NORTH WESTERN 2
9 SOUTH CENTRAL 2
10 SOUTH EAST CENTRAL 1
11 SOUTH EASTERN 3
12 SOUTHERN 4
13 SOUTH WESTERN 6
14 WEST CENTRAL 5
15 WESTERN 3
Total 53

All the Jan Ahaar outlets are run by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation through private contractors. All Jan Ahaar outlets are awarded to private contractors on license fee basis.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

IMPROVEMENT OF SAFETY FEATURES AND PASSENGERS AMENITIES IN TRAIN COACHES

It is a continual endeavour of Indian Railways (IR) to improve safety features and passenger amenities in train coaches. Some of the measures undertaken recently in this regard are:

  1. New premium services and coaches: Various premium services like Humsafar, Tejas, Antyodaya, UDAY, Mahamana, Gatimaan and coaches like Deen Dayalu and Anubhuti, which have improved passenger amenities, have been introduced in service.
  2. Project Swarn: IR has launched Project Swarn with the objective of significantly improving the passenger experience in premium train services. In total, 14 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi trains will be covered. Work in 12 Rajdhani and 14 Shatabdi trains has already been completed.
  3. Project Utkrisht: Two rakes of Shan-e-Bhopal Express (Train No.12155/12156) have been upgraded at division level. Upgradation of 140 rakes in divisions on lines of Shan-e-Bhopal Express has been taken up from 2018-19 onwards under Project Utkrisht.
  4. Proliferation of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches: IR has decided to proliferate Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB coaches), which are technologically superior and have better riding, aesthetics and safety features. The manufacture of coaches of LHB coaches over the last 3 years has been increased. It has been decided that the Production Units of IR would be manufacturing only LHB coaches from the year 2018-19 onwards.
  5. Fire retardancy in coaches: It is a continual endeavour of IR to improve fire retardancy in coaches by providing fire retardant furnishing materials in coaches. A parameter called Heat Release Rate has been added in the material specification of all major interior furnishing materials as per latest European norms, in order to improve fire safety in coaches.
  6. Safety in newly manufactured coaches: Instructions have been issued to Production Units for provision of following in all newly manufactured coaches:
  7. Fire detection and suppression system in all newly manufactured Power Cars and Pantry Cars.
  8. Fire and Smoke detection system in all newly manufactured Air-Conditioned (AC) coaches.
  • Fire extinguishers in all newly manufactured non-AC coaches (in addition to AC coaches).
  1. Provision of Double Acting doors in all newly manufactured AC coaches.
  2. Safety in existing coaches: Steps have been taken to improve safety features in existing coaches also. In this direction, safety features like fire & smoke detection system, fire detection and suppression system and fire extinguishers in non-AC coaches and Double Acting doors in AC coaches will be provided on identified class of coaches in a progressive manner.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

CREATION OF INFRASTURCTURE FOR FREIGHT AT RAILWAY YARDS

With a view to develop freight terminals through private investment, Ministry of Railways has launched following  schemes –

Private Siding – The private siding policy enables rail connectivity at party’s doorstep i.e. factory premises and raw material producing areas, and also connects manufacturing hubs with markets across the country.

Private Freight Terminal (PFT) Scheme – The scheme facilitates rapid development of a network of freight terminals with private investment to provide efficient and cost effective logistics services with warehousing solution to end users.

These schemes are aimed to increase the freight loading and revenue generation on Indian Railways. The growth in volume of traffic and revenue is dependent on factors like Originating-Destination station pairs, customer requirement, growth in the number of such terminals, transportation requirement in the prevailing economic conditions etc.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

COMPLETE MECHANISATION OF ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME IN INDIAN RAILWAYS

Railways has taken following initiatives for mechanized execution of electrification works for speedy execution in limited traffic block period.

  1. Cast in situ Designs for foundation have been developed.
  2. Precast foundation design has been developed.
  • Self Propelled Multi Utility Vehicle (SPMUV) for mast erection is under procurement.
  1. Self Propelled OHE Laying Train (SPOLT) for mechanized wiring is under procurement.

On receipt of SPOLT Railways will be able to carry out simultaneously stringing of contact and catenary wire so as to speed up the progress.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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