Length of Indian Railway Network
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 11
ANSWERED ON 15.12.2017
Length of railway network
11 Prof. M.V. Rajeev Gowda
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state :-
(a) the total length of railway network in the country, in kilometres, passenger and dedicated freight corridor-wise;
(b) the total length of railway network in the country which require repair, passenger and dedicated freight corridor-wise;
(c) whether major routes of Railways’ network have more trains operating per day than the designated capacity currently; and
(d) if so, the details thereof and the steps being taken by the Ministry to remedy this?
MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND COAL (SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL)
(a) to (d) : A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (d) OF STARRED QUESTION NO.11 BY PROF. M.V.RAJEEV GOWDA ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 15.12.2017 REGARDING LENGTH OF RAILWAY NETWORK
(a): Indian Railways presently does not have dedicated Passenger and Freight Corridors. Both Passenger and Freight Services run on the entire network of Indian Railways comprising of 67,368 Route Kilometres as on 31.03.2017.
(b): Indian Railways have both i.e. Passenger and Freight type of traffic on its network. As on 01.04.2017, 7546 Km of track length on Indian Railways is sanctioned for track renewal.
(c) & (d): Yes, Sir. These are 7 identified trunk routes across the country which are also termed as High Density Routes viz. (1) Delhi – Howrah (2) Howrah – Mumbai (3) Mumbai – Delhi (4) Delhi – Guwahati (5) Delhi – Chennai (6) Chennai –Howrah and (7) Chennai –Mumbai.
A number of steps have been taken to remove bottlenecks and augment track capacity:
1. Railways have a large number of sanctioned projects under the plan heads of doubling, new line, gauge conversion and traffic facility works to decongest routes. These include 177 New Line works, 58 Gauge Conversion works, 256 Double Line works, 570 Traffic Facility works and 112 Electrification works.
2. Total outlay for New Lines , Gauge Conversion, Doubling and Traffic Facility works for the year 2017-18 is Rs.21,198 cr,Rs.3,884 cr ,Rs.18,001 cr and Rs.3,088 cr respectively.
3. Two Dedicated Freight Corridors – the Eastern and Western Corridors- spanning a total length of 3,360 Kilometers are under construction. The two corridors are the 1,856 route KM Eastern Corridor and 1,504 route KM Western Corridor.