The Indian Railways’ network has witnessed tremendous growth in the five-year rule of the Narendra Modi government, registering the best ever performance in the areas of rail safety and modernisation of infrastructure. A comparative analysis of rail development works undertaken by the Modi government with that of the UPA rule from 2004 to 2014, suggests that the pace of electrification and renewal of rail lines touched an all-time high under the Modi regime, while also enhancing passenger amenities and cleanliness in the process.
According to official data, electrification of rail routes stood at 4,087 km in 2017-18 compared to 610 km during 2013-14, the last year of the UPA rule. Railway ministry officials said this is the highest ever electrification target achieved by the railways, effecting an increase of 570% compared to the UPA
Similarly, the Ministry of Railways put a thrust on renewal of existing rail tracks in the country and touched the mark of 4,405 km in the year 2017-18, compared to 2,926 km in 2013-14. This, too, is the highest ever target achieved by the Railways. Read more
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