Indian Railways is preparing a ‘National Railway Plan’ for India – 2030

Indian Railways has prepared a National Railway Plan (NRP) for India – 2030. The plan is to create a “future ready” railway system by 2030. The NRP aims to formulate strategies based on both on operational capacities and commercial policy initiatives to increase the modal share of Rail in freight to 45%.

The objective of the plan is to create capacity before demand, which in turn would also meet future growth until 2050 and also increase the modal share of railways to 45% in freight traffic and continue to serve it. to support.

The main objectives of the National Rail Plan are:

  • Formulate strategies based on both operational capabilities and trade policy initiatives to increase the railway’s modal share in freight to 45%.

  • Significantly reduce freight transit time by increasing the average speed of freight trains to 50 km/h.

  • As part of the National Railway Plan, Vision 2024 has been launched to accelerate the implementation of some critical projects by 2024 such as 100% electrification, multi-tracking of congested routes, speed increase 160 km/h on Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes, speed increase to 130 km/h on all other Golden Quadrilateral-Golden Diagonal (GQ/GD) routes and elimination of all level crossings on all GQ/GD routes.

  • Identify new dedicated freight corridors.

  • Identify new high-speed rail corridors.

  • Assess rolling stock needs for passenger traffic as well as wagon needs for freight.

  • Assess locomotive needs to achieve the dual objective of 100% electrification (green energy) and increase in freight modal share.

  • Assess the total capital investment that would be required with a periodic break.

  • Sustained private sector involvement in areas such as operation and ownership of rolling stock, development of freight and passenger terminals, development/operation of track infrastructure, etc.

58 supercritical projects with a total length of 3750 km costing ₹39663 crore and 68 critical projects with a total length of 6913 km costing ₹75736 crore have been identified for completion by 2024.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written response to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 7:30 PM IST

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