Survey for New Railway Lines
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 2705
ANSWERED ON 24.03.2017
Survey for new railway lines
2705 Shri Surendra Singh Nagar
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Railways have conducted any survey on laying of new railway lines and gauge conversion and electrification of old lines in various States, including Uttar Pradesh;
(b) if so, the details of the length of new railway lines to be laid in various States, including Uttar Pradesh and the length of railway lines for gauge conversion and electrification, location-wise;
(c) Government’s plan for laying of new lines, gauge conversion and electrification during the current year; and
(d) whether Railways plan to construct a Dedicated Freight Corridor, if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)
(a) to (d): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (d) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2705 BY SHRI SURENDRA SINGH NAGAR ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 24.03.2017 REGARDING SURVEY FOR NEW RAILWAY LINES
(a): Since Railway projects generally straddle over more than one State, these are neither surveyed nor sanctioned State-wise. Survey for new lines, gauge conversion of Meter Gauge lines to Broad Gauge and Railway Electrification of these lines is a continuous and ongoing process of Indian Railways and are done based on demands raised by State Governments, Central Ministries, Members of Parliament, other public representatives and Railway’s own requirement. Based on the outcome of the survey, projects are taken up on the basis of remunerativeness, last mile connectivity, missing links and alternate routes, augmentation of congested/saturated lines, socio-economic considerations etc. depending upon throwforward of ongoing projects, overall availability of funds and competing demands.
(b): In the last three years and current financial year, surveys for 176 New Line and 8 Gauge Conversion surveys have been completed throughout the country including that of State of Uttar Pradesh. Out of these, 11 nos. of new line projects and 1 no. of Gauge Conversion project have been included in Budget/sanctioned and electrification of such lines depends upon operational requirement and financial remunerativeness. As on 01.04.2016, a total of 166 ongoing New Lines, 39 Gauge Conversion, 99 Railway Electrification projects spread across the country including the State of Uttar Pradesh have been taken up. Details of the projects are available in Pink Book laid on the Table of the House alongwith Budget papers. In the year 2017-18 for the State of Uttar Pradesh, 10 new line surveys and 6 projects (3 new line & 3 gauge conversion) have been proposed for inclusion in Budget.
(c): Target length of various Railway Projects for introduction of passenger/freight services is fixed on annual basis. For 2016-17, target of 2800 Km section for introduction of Passenger/Freight services has been fixed and for Electrification, a target of 2000 Kms has been fixed.
(d): Two Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) viz. Eastern Corridor (Dankuni-Ludhiana, 1856 Km) and the Western Corridor (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal/JNPT-Dadri, 1504 Km) have been taken up.