No passenger fatality in practice accidents has been reported since April 2019. The accidents progressively have additionally declined from 107 in 2015-16 to 55 in 2019-20, with solely 12 such circumstances reported this yr thus far, in keeping with Railway Board Chairman and Chief Government Officer Vinod Kumar Yadav.
At a press convention, Mr. Yadav mentioned all of the unmanned degree crossings on broad gauge have been eradicated by January 2019. The method of getting rid of manned degree crossing gates was additionally accelerated. Whereas safer coaches have been being manufactured since January 2018, the alternative of previous mechanical signalling with the digital system had been intensified. Locomotive pilots have been being imparted simulator-based coaching.
The indigenous Prepare Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) was additionally being applied in a phased method. The system was already useful alongside 250-km stretch and work on 1,200 km is in progress. TCAS alongside the freight dense routes is predicted to be applied by March 2024 and throughout your complete railway community by 2030.
Mr. Yadav mentioned the Railways have been now endeavor a partnership strategy for passenger practice operations to reinforce total service high quality and operational effectivity. Within the first part, it deliberate to introduce 151 fashionable passenger trains operated by PPP over 109 origin-destination pairs of routes. This might carry non-public sector funding of ₹30,000 crore. Purposes from events had been acquired and the request for proposals issued to the shortlisted candidates in November.
Regardless of the COVID-19-triggered challenges, Mr. Yadav mentioned, the Railways ran 4,621 Shramik Particular trains that ferried 63.1 lakh migrant staff. In all, 1.85 crore meals and a pair of.21 crore water bottles have been distributed free of charge. The Railways transformed 5,601 practice coaches into COVID-19 care centres, earmarked 5,000 beds in 17 devoted hospitals and likewise reserved 33 remoted hospital blocks for the aim.
In the course of the pandemic, the Railways accomplished 350 main infrastructure works to enhance security and pace, and carried out intensive security upkeep of property. The rail community ensured provides of important commodities, together with coal, fertilizer and petroleum, throughout the nation. Below the PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, over 14 lakh man-days employment was given. It additionally produced 5.5 lakh PPEs, 20 lakh reusable face covers and 1.Four lakh litres of sanitisers.
Mr. Yadav mentioned the Kisan Rail was now operating on 9 routes, offering 50% concession on transport of notified vegetables and fruit. Below the programme, about 27,000 tonnes of agro-products had been transported.
The Railway Board chief mentioned 68% land for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Excessive Velocity Rail venture had been acquired. Whereas 90% acquisition had been made in Gujarat and work contracts awarded, about 22% had been acquired in Maharashtra thus far. Within the coming 4 months, it was anticipated to succeed in the 80% mark, after which contracts can be awarded there as properly.
About 66% of the monitor size had been electrified by November. The Railways aimed to finish electrification of its total broad-gauge community by 2023. The estimated saving on gas/power invoice for the Railways can be about ₹14,500 crore every year, he mentioned.
This yr, the Railways additionally began its pilot 1.5 MW photo voltaic power plant with an purpose to energy its power wants. “That is a part of an bold programme to generate 20 GigaWatt of solar energy by 2030,” mentioned Mr. Yadav.