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Indian Railways misses targets of new line, doubling and gauge conversion

Indian Railways misses targets of new line, doubling and gauge conversion

Indian Railways misses targets of new line, doubling and gauge conversion
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By CNBC-TV18 Feb 2, 2019 11:51:40 AM IST (Published)

Indian Railways has missed its targets of commissioning new lines, gauge conversion and doubling for 2018-19 by at least 50 percent, Budget dossier showed.

Indian Railways has missed its targets of commissioning new lines, gauge conversion and doubling for 2018-19 by at least 50 percent, Budget dossier showed.

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The target for finishing new lines was fixed at 1,000 km, but the government has so far achieved 212.6 km, a miss of nearly 79 percent.
For doubling and gauge conversion, the progress report shows that only 46 percent and 21 percent work has been commissioned till November 2018.
Railways, which has been focusing on improving passenger safety and decongesting existing rail networks, is facing issues such as the slow pace of track renewals and poor passenger safety.
Meeting these targets are important for the railways as some rail routes are running over 100-150 percent of its capacity.
On Friday, stand-in Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced a capital expenditure allocation of Rs 1.58 lakh crore for the Railways, the highest ever for the national transporter, as part of the interim Budget.
Last year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has allocated Rs 1.48 lakh crore for various railway infrastructure projects.
Piyush Goyal, who is also the Railway and coal minister, said that so far, 2018-2019 has been the safest for the Indian Railways since all the unmanned level crossings on the broad gauge network have been completely eliminated.
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