Achievements The year that was


i. In keeping with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s emphasis on Make in India, the Indian Railways was able to finalise the bids for setting up two loco factories with an order book of about  Rs 40,000 crore.

ii. Initiated a similar bid process for manufacture, supply and maintenance of train sets to be used for Rajdhani and Shatabdi services. It is proposed to increase the current procurement by 30%.


This year Indian Railways intend commissioning 1,600 km of electrification, which is the highest ever. In the next financial year, the outlay for railway electrification will increase by almost 50% and it is proposed to electrify 2,000 km


Before this financial year closes, almost all the contracts for civil engineering works would have been awarded.
Contracts worth Rs. 24,000 crore have been awarded against Rs. 13,000 crore worth of contracts in the last
6 years.


i. Received in principle approvals from 17 states, out of which 6 MOUs have already been signed. This year Indian
Railways indicated 44 new partnership works covering about 5,300 km and valuing about Rs 92,714 crore in the
Budget documents.

ii. Forged partnerships with Ministry of Coal, SAIL and NTPC to expedite the pace of project execution through innovative financing.


For the Divyang, Indian Railways introduced:
• One-time registration for availing concessions while booking tickets online.
• Online booking of wheelchairs.
• Braille-enabled new coaches.
For senior citizens and women:
• Increased quota of lower berths.
• Added more escalators and lifts.
• Reserved middle bays in coaches for women security.


Introduced Wi-Fi services. The process has begun. Intend to commission Wi-Fi services at 100 stations this year and at 400 more stations in the next 2 years. Partnering with Google in this endeavour.


i. Turned social media into a feedback and complaint redressal mechanism. In addition, set up a dedicated IVRS
system to seek direct feedback from passengers. More than 1 lakh telephone calls are made every day to seek inputs
from passengers.

ii. Generated over 65,000 additional berths by augmenting 884 coaches on patronised routes on permanent basis.

iii. Installed 2,500 water vending machines at stations, provided mobile charging points in general class coaches,
placed dustbins in all new non-AC coaches, and enabled online booking of  retiring rooms.

iv. Set up mechanised laundries to provide clean and hygienic bed rolls. Disposable bed rolls are now available at select stations to all classes of passengers.

v. Introduced a new train between Varanasi and Delhi, ‘Mahamana Express’ with modern refurbished coaches.

vi. 17,000 bio-toilets in trains and additional toilets at 475 stations will be provided before the close of this financial year.

vii. World’s first Bio-Vacuum toilet was developed and is being used in Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express.

viii. 74 more trains have been added under On-board Housekeeping Service and another 400 are to be covered soon,
leading to a total number of almost 1,000 trains under the scheme.

ix. Introduced 1,780 Automatic Ticket Vending Machines and 225 cash-coin & smart card operated ticket vending

x. Enhanced capacity of e-ticketing system from 2,000 tickets per minute to 7,200 tickets per minute and to support
1,20,000 concurrent users as against only 40,000 earlier.


i. Bankable railway projects are now assured of funding and should be completed within the next 3-4 years.
LIC has agreed to invest `1.5 lakh crore over five years.

ii. Indian Railways will be surpassing the ambitious target of commissioning 2,500 km Broad Gauge lines this financial year. This will be almost 30% higher than last year. In the next year, plan is to commission 2,800 km of track. Poised to commission Broad Gauge lines at the rate of over 7 km per day against an average of about 4.3 km per day in the last 6 years. This pace will increase to about 13 km per day in 2017-18 and 19 km per day in 2018-19 and will generate employment of about 9 crore man days in 2017-18 and 14 crore man days in 2018-19.


i. All India, 24/7 helpline number 182 launched.
ii. CCTV surveillance provided at 311 stations.


Safety record is better at 20% lower accidents compared to the previous year. In 2015-16, closed 350 manned level crossings and eliminated 1,000 unmanned level crossings. 820 ROB/RUB have been completed in the current year and work is going on in 1,350 of them.


An application of Track Management System (TMS) was launched. Inventory Management module of TMS has resulted in inventory reduction by 27,000 MT resulting in saving of  Rs 64 crore and scrap identification of 22,000 MT equivalent to Rs53 crore.


i. Power Procurement Contracts already signed and implemented will mean an annualised saving of Rs 1,300 crore. Further actions to source power, already initiated, will deliver annualised savings of Rs 1,700 crore during the coming year, taking the total to Rs 3,000 crore.

ii. Four locomotives with auxiliary load have been turned out in the current year and another 39 are expected to be manufactured in 2016-17.


Identified the National Academy of Indian Railways at Vadodara as the first institution which would be upgraded to a full-fledged university. Preparations are in full swing to establish the university during the next financial year.

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