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Indian Railways has come up with Draft National Rail Plan to address the inadequacies of capacity constraints. This will also improve its modal share in total freight eco system of the country. Railways aim to finalize the Final plan by January 2021.

Draft National Rail Plan

The National Rail Plan

  • A common platform for all future infrastructural, business, and financial planning of the Railways.
  • The Indian Railways will engage with Private Sector, PSUs, State Governments and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) /Industries.

Objectives of the Plan

  • To create capacity ahead of demand by 2030.
  • This would cater to growth in demand right up to 2050.
  • The modal share of railways is expected to increase from 27 % currently to 45 % in freight by 2030.
  • National commitment to reduce Carbon emission and to continue to sustain it.
  • Net Zero Carbon emission by 2030.
  • Assessing the actual demand in freight and passenger sectors.
  • Forecasting growth of traffic in both freight and passenger:
    • Year on year up to 2030.
    • A decadal basis up to 2050.
  • Formulating strategies on both operational capacities and commercial policy initiatives (45 % by 2030) .
  • Increasing average speed of freight trains from present 22 Kmph to 50 Kmph.
  • Reducing overall cost of Rail transportation by nearly 30 % .
  • Mapping the growth in demand on the Indian Railway route map.
  • To simulate the capacity behavior of the network.

Other Highlights

  • Identification of Future projects for implementation beyond 2024 in both track and signaling.
  • Identification of three Dedicated Freight Corridors, namely East Coast, East-West & North-South.
  • Identification of Several new High Speed Rail Corridors.
  • Identifying new streams of finance and models for financing.
  • Assessing rolling stock requirement for:
    • Passenger traffic
    • Wagon requirement for freight
  • To meet twin objectives of 100 % electrification (Green Energy) , assessing Locomotive requirement by December 2023.
    • Increasing traffic right up to 2030 and beyond up to 2050.
  • Assessing the total investment in capital required apart from a periodical break up.

Post 2030

  • Adequate revenue surplus would be generated to finance future capital investment.
  • Taking the debt service ratio burden of the capital already invested.
  • There won՚t be requirements for Exchequer funding of Rail projects.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 3, 2021

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