Indian Railways to modernise entire rail network with this system
Talking about upgrading the rail network to increase the speed of the trains, he said, "Fifteen days back, the Cabinet cleared the plan to upgrade the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Howrah route to 160 kmph and we have targeted to complete it in four years."
In the modernisation process of Indian Railways, new chapters are being added one after another. Giving information about the latest developments, Chairman, Railway Board VK Yadav said that Indian Railways is planning to upgrade its entire rail network with modern signals and anti-train collision system, while addressing the Rail India Conference and Expo here today, according to an IANS report.
Yadav said that Indian Railways has identified 10 more high speed rail corridors besides Mumbai-Ahmedabad route for system upgradation, adding that "Right now the signalling system on the vast Indian Railways network of 70,000 km do not have the modern signalling system." "We are now in the process of upgrading the entire signalling system in next few years with anti-train collision technology," IANS quoted him as saying.
Yadav said that Indian Railways is planning electrification of its entire network in next three years. Talking about upgrading the rail network to increase the speed of the trains, he said, "Fifteen days back, the Cabinet cleared the plan to upgrade the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Howrah route to 160 kmph and we have targeted to complete it in four years."
Handing over trains to private players
Speaking about handing over some trains to private players, Yadav said, "For the first time we are giving a Tejas train to Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to run between Delhi and Lucknow." The IRCTC will pay for the lease, maintenance of the train to the Indian Railways while it will itself manage the marketing and running of the train, he said, adding "It is for the first time that Indian Railways would not be fixing the fares of the train." he said.
According to him, Indian Railways has also figured out Mumbai-Ahmedabad route to be handed over to private players, besides Delhi-Lucknow route.
Bullet train project
Talking about the ambitious 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedbad High Speed Train, popularly known as Bullet train project, Yadav reportedly said, "Work on high speed corridor is going on smoothly." Besides Mumbai-Ahmedabad, "Railways has identified 10 more high speed corridors", he added.
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Emphasising the role of industries in growth of Railways, he asked the industries for meaningful partnership, adding "This is the right time to join hands with the Railways to help it become the growth rider of the country. Thus I am asking for meaningful partnership."
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