Indian Railways, which has been focusing on improving passenger safety and decongesting existing rail networks, is likely to miss its targets of commissioning new lines, gauge conversion and doubling for 2018-19 by around 30 per cent.
The target for finishing new lines, gauge conversion and doubling was fixed at 5000 km. However, the progress submitted by 16 zonal railways shows that only 12 per cent work has been commissioned till October 2018. They said that another 58 per cent is expected to be commissioned by March 2019, which means that there will be a shortfall of around 30per cent.
Four zonal railways — Southern headquartered in Chennai, North Central in Allahabad, South West Railways in Hubbali and West central in Jabalpur — have made zero progress in track-related work. Read More