Indian Railway – Renewal of tracks in 2017-18
Renewal of tracks
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 149
ANSWERED ON 02.02.2018
Renewal of tracks
149 Shri K. R. Arjunan
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state :-
(a) whether it is a fact that by the end of this fiscal, an unprecedented 3,500 kilometres of tracks could be renewed;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether it is also a fact that around 4000-4500 kilometres of tracks would be supplied for 17 Zones this year;
(d) whether it is also a fact that the railway officials have been asked to give utmost priority for track renewal work, overruling all other works; and
(e) if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)
(a) & (b) Track renewal is an ongoing process which is undertaken as and when a stretch of track becomes due for renewal on age/condition basis. Track Renewal works are planned in advance every year and their execution is prioritized according to the condition of track ensuring all the time that track is in a sound condition for safe running of trains.
For the year 2017-18, a total target of 3600 km of track renewal in CTR units (one km of rail renewal or one km of sleeper renewal is equal to 0.5 CTR units (Complete Track Renewal units)) has been kept which includes Through Rail Renewal with new rails of 4389 km (2194.5 CTR units) of track against the total track renewal progress of 2487 km in CTR units for the year 2016-17.
(c) to (e) Rails planned to supply to Zonal Railways for renewal of rails and track components, including casual renewals in 2017-18 include rails for Through Rail Renewal of 4389 km of track with new rails.
Ministry of Railways has decided in September, 2017 to allot rails on priority for track renewal works vis-a-vis construction projects. During September 2017 to December 2017, about 90% of rails supplied by Steel Authority of India Limited have been allotted for renewal of rails and track components, including casual renewal.