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Status of Track Renewal In Railways

Status of Track Renewal In Railways

            Track renewal targets are fixed every year zone-wise. The details of track renewal target and actual renewal since 2014 onwards year-wise and zone-wise are as under:

Zonal Railway 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Target Actual renewal Target Actual renewal Target Actual renewal Target Actual renewal (up to November 2017)
Central 200 205 220 185 220 195 275 115
Eastern 183 185 200 162 192 178 246 125
East Central 171 203 150 202 187 180 225 163
East Coast 62 60 110 116 103 119 243 122
Northern 385 383 390 387 532 281 615 246
North Central 130 152 150 164 166 111 192 92
North Eastern 68 45 90 80 78 81 105 57
Northeast Frontier 27 34 50 95 37 42 43 42
North Western 24 24 50 59 71 80 155 75
Southern 102 135 150 187 198 207 406 171
South Central 175 208 190 278 118 150 147 100
South Eastern 110 168 150 209 103 190 209 186
South East Central 102 107 120 119 174 123 161 83
South Western 102 96 110 118 105 117 170 96
Western 165 194 190 229 216 240 252 205
West Central 194 225 180 204 168 193 156 129
Total 2200 2424 2500 2794 2668 2487 3600 2007
All figures in kilometers of Complete Track Renewal (CTR) units

The details of funds allocated for track renewal since 2014 onwards, year-wise and zone-wise are as under:

Zonal Railway Funds allocated for track renewal ( In Crore)
RE 2014-15 RE 2015-16 RE 2016-17 BE 2017-18
Central 372 427.70 515.70 808.66
Eastern 364 314.90 513.48 543.85
East Central 318.24 398.30 470 652.97
East Coast 160 217.30 229.05 738.92
Northern 650 616.64 780 1400.70
North Central 330 376.20 433.02 433.16
North Eastern 145 141 212 316.08
Northeast Frontier 152 225.18 257.97 258.90
North Western 86 95.66 192.87 442.03
Southern 290 347.80 499.48 1066.02
South Central 421 500.20 435.27 604.66
South Eastern 308 384.20 515 594.24
South East Central 326 283.28 277.51 382.09
South Western 160 181.48 255.54 386.01
Western 411 390.10 514 712.54
West Central 531 520.36 632.56 602.80
Total 5024.24 5420.30 6733.45 9943.63
RE – Revised Estimates, BE – Budget Estimates

rack renewal is an ongoing process which is undertaken as and when a stretch of track becomes due for renewal on age/condition basis. Track Renewal works are planned in advance every year and their execution is prioritized according to the condition of track ensuring all the time that track is in a sound condition for safe running of trains. In case any stretch of track is not renewed in time due to various reasons, suitable speed restrictions, if required, are imposed to ensure safe running of trains. As on 01.04.2017, track renewal covering 7546 km is sanctioned out of which 3600 km is targeted for the year 2017-18. Normally, track renewal works are completed in two to three years of sanction.Replacement of all lever frames and Semaphore Signalling system with Electronic/Panel/Route Relay Interlocking (EI/PI/RRI) system and Multiple Aspect Colour Light Signalling (MACLS) are progressively being done on age cum condition basis. A total 235 Nos. of stations are remaining with Semaphore Signals as on 31.03.2017. These are likely to be replaced with MACLS with EI/PI/RRI in next three years. This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 29.12.2017 (Friday).

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