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Suresh Prabhu puts Indian Railways on right track: Top 5 points to know

Mon March 14 2016, 2:44 pm
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    Western Railway and green toilets: In order to achieve zero discharge of human waste on the tracks, Western Railway (WR) today said it has provided bio-toilets in 468 coaches so far and plans to install more of these in a phased manner. Railways is working towards the long-term objective of replacing the traditional train toilets with green toilets, also called bio-toilets, a release said.

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    2. Indian Railways is poised to surpass the ambitious target of commissioning 2,500 km broad gauge lines in the current fiscal, 30 per cent more than the last year. According to the official, 2,800 km of tracks will be commissioned next year. In order to augment freight traffic, there will be three new Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) to ensure speedy movement of goods. While North-South DFC is being planned to connect Delhi to Chennai, East-West DFC will link Kharagpur with Mumbai and East Coast DFC will connect Kharagpur to Vijayawada. (PTI)

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    3. These three additional DFC will be funded through innovative financing mechanism including PPP. Indian Railways has already done a feasibility study for these three corridors. Currently, work is going on Western and Eastern DFC. While Western corridor is being funded by Japan, the Eastern is World Bank funded. Both Western and Eastern corridors will be electrified routes. The public transporter is currently laying tracks in 3,342 km in Eastern and Western DFC involving an expenditure of Rs 81,459 crore. Indian Railways will form a special purpose vehicle for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor that will be executed with Japanese cooperation. The project will bring new technology for the country. (PTI)

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    Narendra Modi took jibes at the lengthy "exchange of letters" between ministries of highways and railways in the previous government for any rail or road bridge. "Railways and road exchanged so much papers that at times it was felt that all papers could construct a monument bridge," he said, in a lighter vein. The government is also working on plans to provide basic facilities like rest rooms at a gap of 20-25 km, besides ensuring rural people sell their produce at centres near highways. He spoke of "massive reforms" in the Railways, "unlike in the past when new train announcements were done regularly to please particular parliamentarians". (PTI)

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    5. Laying new tracks, replacing old ones and doubling and tripling of lines are essential to clearing the traffic bottlenecks, said a senior Indian Railways Ministry official. Traffic congestion is becoming a bane for freight movement, railways' major source of earning, with goods trains not getting path on priority basis. (PTI)
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