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Some important achievements and initiatives of Ministry of Railways in 2014

Steel News - Published on Fri, 02 Jan 2015

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The year 2014 has been significant for the Railways in achieving goals and targets with regard to the following:

Mr Narendra Modi, PM of India, along with Railway Minister inaugurated the commencement of Expansion Project of Diesel Locomotive Works a production unit of Indian Railways at Varanasi on December 25th 2014. Some of the features of the expansion plan are, a new block shop, loco frame shop and loco assembly shop, new plant shop having advanced paint booths, induction of high productivity machines and generation of 250 KW Green Power by roof mounted grid connected solar power plant.

The Minister of Railways commissioned 30 kW Solar Plant at roof top of Rail Bhawan at New Delhi, on 23rd December 2014. Indian Railways is planning to harness solar energy in a big way

Indian Railways carried 713.11 million tonne of revenue earning freight traffic during 1st April to 30th November 2014. The freight carried shows an increase of 35.53 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 677.58 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 5.24%.

The Railway Ministry organized an ‘Investors’ Meet’ to discuss various issues pertaining to Private Investment in rail sector especially PPP and FDI issues on December 5th 2014. Participants at the ‘Investors Meet’ included representatives from Chambers of Commerce, Railway PSUs, PSUs of Ministry of Heavy Industry, Investment Consultants, Investment Bankers, Infrastructure sector, Construction Sector, Port Sector, Rolling stock manufacturers, Raw material Manufacturers etc.

At the Indo-French Seminar on Rail Sector, which was held on 24th November 2014, the Indian Railways sought cooperation of France in high speed train operations and also in areas of safety, customer service and station development and multimodal stations.

Indian Railways and Republic of Korea signed a MoU on Technical Cooperation In the Rail Sector on 17th November 2014. The MoU would enable technical assistance and cooperation between the Railways of the two countries on areas such as High Speed Rail, Modernisation of Rolling Stock, Railway Operations, Modernisation of Signalling, Construction & Maintenance technologies and in development of Logistics Parks/Terminals.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and an Action Plan were signed between the Government of India and People’s Republic of China in enhancing Technical Cooperation in Railway Sector, at delegation level talks between the two countries on 18th September 2014. The potential cooperation areas mentioned in the MoU are; i) Training in heavy haul freight transportation, ii) Raising of speed of trains on existing routes, iii) Station redevelopment, iv) High speed rail and v) Setting up of Railway University.

Ministry of Railways took steps for introduction of High Speed Bullet Trains in the country on Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor. It is the part of the Ministry’s ambitious plan to have Diamond Quadrilateral network of High Speed Rail connecting major metros and growth centres of the country.

Freight E-Demand system; In Freight train movement, the need for an on-line system for Registration and Demand for rakes and wagons has been finally met with the launch of the e-Demand module of the Freight Operations Information System (FOIS). With the release of this module, customers can sit in the convenience of their homes or offices and register their freight demands. Freight E-Diversion system;

Transportation of coal is an important activity of Indian Railways and is very crucial for the country’s power supply system. Railways along with Power and Coal ministries held special joint meeting to put three critical coal connectivity projects on fast track and formed Multi Disciplinary Project Monitoring Unit for better coordination. The three rail connectivity projects for coal movement are: i) Tori-Shivpur(44kms), Shivpur-Kathautia(53kms) railway line in North Karanpura in Jharkand. ii) Jhasuguda-Barpalli-Sardega railway line (53 kms) in Ib valley, Odisha. iii) Bhupdevpur-Korichapan-Dharamjaigarh(180 kms) in Mand-Raigarh coalfield, Chhattisgarh.

Solar Power Panels of total 2.1 MW capacity installed and commissioned at Rail Coach Factory, Rae Bareli. At present, this factory is functioning completely on solar power. Action has been initiated for installing Solar Power project at Katra station to be completed by December 2014. A Solar Plant was also commissioned at the roof of the Rail Bhawan Building on 23rd December 2014.

Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India and Czech Railways (Ceske Drahy) of the Czech Republic and Association of Czech Railway Industry (ACRI) of the Czech Republic on Technical Cooperation in the field of railway sector on 19.8. 2014.

Source – Strategic Research Institute, Steel Guru

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