Indian Railways will soon start its largest track renewal exercise, targeting the replacement of 8,000 km of old and depleted lines on trunk routes at an estimated cost of Rs 10,000 crore and overhauling the entire signalling network to improve safety, reports ET.
The renewal of the tracks will reduce the number of derailments by 50 per cent in a couple of years, hopes railways.
“This length of 8,000 km would be taken starting next financial year and we would wrap up the work by the end of FY20. These are the high-density tracks for Indian Railways. We’re working towards an accident-free network,” a top government official told ET.
According to the report, Indian Railways on an average replaces 2500 km of old railway tracks every year. In the current fiscal it’s renewing almost 3000 km. It has a total route network of 64,000 km. Read More…