Parliamentary Questions: Double Tracking of North East Frontier Railway

    New Delhi: Doubling is taken up when the routes are saturated.  They are taken up in phases depending upon traffic density. As on date, 5 doubling projects have been taken up in North Eastern Region covering 472 km of route length.  Details of these projects are as under:

    1. Lumding-Hojai (45 km). Earthwork and bridge works have been taken up.

    2. New Bongaigaon-Kamakhya via Rangiya (142 km). Work included in Budget 2013-14 subject to requisite Government approvals.

    3. Bongaigaon-Goalpara-Guwahati (176 km). Contracts for earthwork, major & minor bridges awarded.

    4. Digaru-Hojai (102 km). Earthwork, major & minor bridges have been taken up.

    5. Saraighat Bridge doubling (7 km). The work has been included in Budget 2017-18 subject to requisite approvals. FLS has been sanctioned.

    With a view to providing faster and seamless rail connectivity on the electric traction of North East States falling in North East Frontier Railway, electrification of Barauni-Katihar-Guwahati including Katihar-Barsoi (836 route kilometers) and Kumedpur-Malda Town-Singhabad & Pakur-Malda (153 route kilometers) has been sanctioned. The work has been entrusted to Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) for execution.

    In addition to above, 04 Railway Electrification projects which fall in North East Frontier Railway have also been included in Budget 2017-18 subject to mandatory approvals and sanctions.

    1. Guwahati-Dibrugarh via Tinsukia and Simaluguri-Dibrugarh

    2. New Bongaigaon-Agthori via Rangiya

    3. Raninagar-Jalpaiguri-Samuktala Road (2nd line)

    4. New Bongaiaon-Golpara-Kamakhiya

    Electric traction has started in Katihar Yard on North East Frontier Railway after commissioning of  Barauni-Katihar section on electric traction on 31.03.2017.  Further, Katihar-Kumedpur Malda Court (117 Route Kilometers) is planned for commissioning on Electric traction during 2017-18.

    Laying of New Railway Line Projects in Hilly Areas

    Indian Railways has taken up a large number of new line / Gauge Conversion projects in the hilly areas.

    1. Chandigarh-Baddi (27.95km).
    2. Rishikesh-Karanprayag (125km).
    3. Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Project (272km).
    4. Nangal Dam - Talwara (83.74km).
    5. Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri (63.1km).
    6. Bhojipur-Pilibhit-Tanakpur Gauge Conversion (101.79km).
    7. Sivok-Rangpo (44.39km)
    8. Murkongseek-Pasighat (30.62km).
    9. Bhairabi-Sairang (51.38km).
    10. Jiribam-Imphal (110.63km).
    11. Teteliya-Byrnihat (21.5km).
    12. Dimapur-Kohima (88km).
    13. Agartala-Sabroom (110km).
    14. Byrnihat-Shillong (108.40km)
    15. Una-Hamirpur (50km).*
    16. Taranga Hill - Abu Road via Ambaji (89km)*.

    * Projects included in budget, subject to obtaining requisite clearances.

    New Railway Line in Assam and North Eastern States

    Indian Railways have laid a great emphasis on improvement and development of Railway infrastructure in the State of Assam and North Eastern States. 15 major projects of New Lines have been taken up in the North Eastern States including in the State of Assam.

    1. Bogibeel bridge with linking lines between Dibrugharh and North Bank line  (73 km)
    2. New Moynaguri-Jogighopa New Line with Gauge Conversion of New Mal-Moynaguri Road and New Changrabanda-Changrabanda (289 km)
    3. Jiribam-Imphal (111 km)
    4. Dimapur-Kohima (88 km)
    5. Agartala-Sabroom (110 km)
    6. Teteliya-Byrnihat (22 km)
    7. Bhairabi-Sairang (51 km)
    8. Sivok-Rangpo (44 km)
    9. Byrnihat-Shillong (108 km)
    10. Murkongselek-Pasighat (31 km)
    11. Agartala-Akhaura (13 km)
    12. Dimapur-Tizit (257 km)*
    13. Salona-Khumtai (99 km)*
    14. Sibsagar Town - Jorhat Town (62 km)*
    15. Tezpur-Silghat Town (25 km)*

    *proposed railway line in Assam and the other North Eastern States included in Budget subject to requisite approvals.

    Final Location Survey for new lines included in Budget has been taken up by Northeast Frontier Railway.

    Railways have huge throw-forward of ongoing projects with limited availability of resources.  Completion of projects also depends upon land acquisition and forestry clearance, adverse law and order conditions, NOC from Road, Canal and Electrical crossings from different authorities of Central / State Governments.

    Revamping of Railway Stations by Private Sector

    Indian Railways has advertised its plan to offer ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations on as is where is’ basis for redevelopment by inviting proposals from developers with their designs and business ideas. Railway has already invited Bid for 26 Railway Stations.

    Zonal Railways, in the first phase of station redevelopment program which was launched on 08.02.2017, have already invited bids for 23 stations. The State-wise details of these stations are as under:-

    1. Lokmanya Tilak (T) Maharashtra, 2. Pune, Maharashtra, 3. Thane, Maharashtra, 4. Mumbai Central, Maharashtra, 5. Bandra Terminus, Maharashtra, 6. Borivali, Maharashtra, 7. Howrah, West Bengal, 8. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, 9. Kanpur Central, Uttar Pradesh, 10. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, 11. Kamakhya, Assam, 12. Udaipur City, Rajasthan, 13. Faridabad, Haryana, 14. Jammu Tawi, Jammu & Kashmir, 15. Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 16. Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, 17. Ranchi, Jharkhand, 18. Chennai Central, Tamilnadu, 19. Kozhikode, Kerala, 20. Yashwantpur, Karnataka, 21. Bangalore Cantt, Karnataka, 22. Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 23. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
    In the first phase of 23 stations, bids for Jammu Tawi and Kozhikode Railway Stations have been opened on 12.07.2017 and 24.07.2017 respectively.

    Further, a dedicated organization viz. Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) has been set up to undertake redevelopment of stations to international standards. 12 stations viz. Amritsar (Punjab), Anand Vihar (Delhi), Bijwasan (Delhi), Baiyappanahalli (Karnataka), Chandigarh (Punjab), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Gandhinagar (Rajasthan), Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), Habibganj (Madhya Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Surat (Gujarat) and Shivajinagar (Maharashtra) have been entrusted to IRSDC for redevelopment.

    The work of Habibganj Railway Station has been started. A contract of civil engineering works for the redevelopment of Gandhinagar Railway Station along with construction of a 300-room hotel on the air space of the station has also been awarded and ground-breaking done. The work is in progress. Bids for Surat Railway Station have been opened on 05.06.2017.

    These projects are new to Railways and complex in nature. These require detailed techno-economic feasibility studies, hence no time frame has been presently set for completion of these projects.

    The cost of station redevelopment is to be met by leveraging the commercial development of vacant land/air space in and around the stations. Therefore, railway funds are not required for station redevelopment projects. Such projects shall generally cost neutral to Railway.

    Setting-Up of Rail Neer Water Plants

    Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has been mandated to set up Rail Neer Packaged Drinking Water plants in compliance of Budget Pronouncements. At present, 7 Rail Neer Plants are operational. During the current Financial Year 2017-18, one more Rail Neer Plant at Nagpur under PPP (Public Private Partnership) mode with a production capacity of 72000 litres per day, shall start commercial production by October 2017. The approximate cost likely to be incurred on this plant is about Rs 8 crore, which comprises of the civil and electrical works and plant and machinery cost.

    The above all information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Friday, 04.08.2017.

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