India At 70: Why Indian Railways May Be Going Through Its Most Transformative Period

India At 70: Why Indian Railways May Be Going Through Its Most Transformative Period

Railways in India were built by the British and the maharajas. Interesting snippets on railways in India, and their history, can be seen here and here. Indian Railways with its organisation and structure as we know it today was sculpted 1950 onwards. This was done by bringing together various systems which were inherited post independence and Partition.

As India completes 70 years of independence, Indian Railways symbolises its state where its intent to reach the stars is met with a broken system. From the side of the citizens, they get the ‘touch and feel’ of modern railway solutions in several metro railways. This readily brings out the saliency of what they have been missing in the mainline railway system in India – well designed functional stations, rolling stock, ease of use, punctuality, etc.

It is amusing to note that China and India, till barely two decades ago, were at similar levels in railway technology. In fact, India had a distinct lead in some areas over China. The accelerated rail reforms and the subsequent growth of railways in China is a classic case study of how a country can gate crash in to elite club of railway industry and also, how the engineering component of railways can be leveraged to generate high quality jobs and IP. Read More…

 

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