PETS is pre-requisite for consideration of any new investment proposal for new projects: Rajen Gohain

NEW DELHI: Reconnaissance / Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Survey is pre-requisite for consideration of any new investment proposal for new projects to assess the likely investment, traffic potential and return from the same. Zone-wise details of Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Surveys (PETS) conducted during the Five Year Plan Period 2012-17 for new line projects are as tabulated below:-

Railways No. of new line surveys conducted between 2012-17
Central 12
East Coast 18
East Central 5
Eastern 2
North Central 14
North Eastern 5
Northeast Frontier 16
Northern 39
North Western 24
South Central 14
South East Central 27
South Eastern 6
Southern 29
South Western 13
West Central 7
Western 13

Out of the above, 3 Nos. new line projects have been sanctioned.

Reconnaissance / Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Survey is pre-requisite for consideration of any new investment proposal for new projects to assess the likely investment, traffic potential and return from the same. Based on the outcome of Reconnaissance / Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Survey, projects are sanctioned / included in Budget Document(Pink Book) on the basis of remunerativeness, last mile connectivity, missing links and alternate routes, augmentation of congested/saturated lines, socio-economic considerations etc. depending upon throwforward of ongoing project, overall availability of funds and competing demands. Zone-wise details of new line surveys shelved after examination are given below.

Railways No. of new line surveys conducted between 2012-17
Central 5
East Coast 4
East Central 0
Eastern 1
North Central 6
North Eastern 2
Northeast Frontier 3
Northern 19
North Western 13
South Central 8
South East Central 12
South Eastern 3
Southern 22
South Western 8
West Central 1
Western 5

These projects could not be taken forward due to their unremunerative nature and large shelf of ongoing projects. An expenditure of ` 68.84 cr has been incurred on these surveys.

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 19.07.2017 (Wednesday).

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