Track renewal to begin, to prevent derailments.

The Indian Railways are going to start the biggest track renewal exercise.The Minister of Railways has asked railway board to identify streches of track which have completed the lifespan or have a very heavy traffic on the and to replace the as quickly as possible.

The national transporter is expected to renew almost 2,000 km of track by the end of this calendar year, officials said. Goyal has instructed the board to use the available rails for renewals. However, the target for the current financial year for laying of new rails will remain the same and the railways will place fresh orders for tracks. “The minister is of the view that we should get safety in place first and then focus on laying fresh routes or doubling and tripling of lines.

The track renewals would have to be completed by December,” a top rail official said. “However, it doesn’t mean that we won’t meet the target of laying 3,000 km of new track routes. That would be completed as well. This would be a challenge for the zonal railways — to complete both things in record time.”
The minister has also instructed the timely completion of the 3,300 km long dedicated freight corridors by 2019. The corridors will reduce traffic on the existing rail network, giving the railways more resources for better maintenance of rail routes.India has been hit by several rail accidents in the past few months. At least 200 people have died in 340 small and big accident since 2014.

Source : Economic Times

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