New Delhi: "In order to create a ‘future ready’ Railway system by 2030, Indian Railways has prepared a National Rail Plan (NRP) for India – 2030", Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Wednesday. The NRP is aimed to formulate strategies based on both operational capacities and commercial policy initiatives to increase the modal share of the Railways in freight to 45%. The objective of the Plan is to create capacity ahead of demand, which in turn would also cater to future growth in demand right up to 2050 and also increase the modal share of Railways to 45% in freight traffic and to continue to sustain it.
NRP is aimed at formulating strategies based on both operational capacities and commercial policy initiatives to increase the modal share of the Railways in freight to 45%. It will attempt to reduce the transit time of freight substantially by increasing the average speed of freight trains to 50Kmph.
As part of the National Rail Plan, Vision 2024 has been launched for accelerated implementation of certain critical projects by 2024 such as 100% electrification, multi-tracking of congested routes, up-gradation of speed to 160 kmph on Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes, up-gradation of speed to 130kmph on all other Golden Quadrilateral-Golden Diagonal (GQ/GD) routes and elimination of all Level Crossings on all GQ/GD route.
Under the NRP, Indian Railways will identify new Dedicated Freight Corridors and also identify new High-Speed Rail Corridors. It will assess rolling stock requirements for passenger traffic as well as wagon requirements for freight and assess locomotive requirements to meet twin objectives of 100% electrification (Green Energy) and increasing freight modal share.
The railways will also assess the total investment in capital that would be required along with a periodical break-up.
Sustained involvement of the Private Sector in areas like operations and ownership of rolling stock, development of freight and passenger terminals, development/operations of track infrastructure etc. Also, 58 Super critical Projects of a total length of 3750 kms costing Rs 39,663 Crore and 68 Critical Projects of a total length of 6913 kms costing Rs 75,736 Crore, have been identified for completion by 2024.
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