Indian Railway Records Highest Track Renewal In FY18

| April 3 , 2018 , 15:24 IST

Indian railways released a statement on Monday citing data which states that railways have carried out renewal of record 4,405 km of old tracks in the financial year 2017-18 in attempt to enhance safety across the Indian Railways network.

The statement said, "This is the highest ever progress of track renewal (primary) and exceeds the target of 4,389 km (revised to 4,400 km) for the year."

The report stated the fact that the previous best was 4,175 km of track renewal in the financial year 2004-05 due to the deployment of the special rail safety fund set up during former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s regime.

According to railways data, the best ever progress in track renewal was carried out last month when 642 km long track was renewed.

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The report further states that the previous best was track renewal of 576 km in the month of January, this year and track renewal of 523 km in the month of March in the year 2005.

As per the report, the total track length of the national transporter now stands at 1,14,907 km and out of this, on an average 4,500 km of a track should be renewed per year.

In the last several years, the development of the track renewals was constantly coming down because of financial constraints, which led to a huge backlog of around 5,000 km renewal of tracks. This also resulted in multiple railway accidents due to derailments, the report said.

According to Indian Railways, safety in train operations was given the topmost priority by the government, due to which the number of derailment cases came down from 76 during April 2016 to February 2017 to 53 during April 2017 and February 2018.

Moreover, the government in Union Budget 2018 announced that a Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh of Rs 1 Lakh crore will be spent over a period of five years in order to increase safety in train operations and for track renewal.

Recently, Indian Railways created a new record, witnessing less than 100 accidents for the very first time in 35 years. Till March 30, 73 railway accidents were reported, which is 29 percent reduction from the 104 accidents that were recorded in the financial year 2016-2017.