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Railways setting up Factories at Rae Bareilly, Kancharapara & Palakkad Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Thursday, 25 February 2010
New Delhi: Presenting the Railway Budget for the year 2010-11 in the Lok Sabha today, Minister of Railways, Kumari Mamata Banerjee announced that the Railways proposes to set up new Coach Factories at Rae Bareilly, Kancharapara and Palakkad in order to overcome the shortage of passenger coaches

The Minister also said that a Special Task Force will be set up to clear proposals for investments within 100 days. She said that the policy guidelines in this regard will be made easy, simple and investment friendly.

Mamata Banerjee said that the progress on the setting up of Coach Factory at Rae Bareilly would pick up during the year and a range of activities would be initiated. She also said that the establishment of Coach Factories at Kancharapara and Palakkad is in the process. Work on the loco factories at Madhepura and Marhora is also progressing, she added. A Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) factory in joint venture/Public Private Partnership mode would be set up at Sankrail.

In addition, the Railway Minister announced that the Integral Coach Factory at Chennai would be further modernized and expanded by installing a second unit so as to equip it to manufacture a larger number of technologically upgraded coaches from its present level of about 1500 coaches per year.

Kumari Mamata Banerjee also mentioned about a request from the Government of West Bengal to set up a coach factory in Singur and said that the Railways would be willing to do so, provided the State Government handed over the requisite land to the Ministry of Railways after returning 400 acres of land to the unwilling farmers.

A Rs.41,426 crore outlay has been proposed and allocation for new lines has increased to Rs.2,848 crore from Rs.4,411 crore. More money will be spent improve passenger amenities – Rs.1,302 crore in comparision to Rs.923 crore  in 2009-10

She also announced the Kisan Vision Project for manufacturing refrigerated containers, Allotment of iron ore rakes would be accessible through the web and RFID technology to be introduced for tracking of wagons. She said that a National High Speed Rail Authority has been proposed to plan the high speed rail corridor.

Kumari Mamata Banerjee said for the first time ever, in line with our vision, Railways is planning a major jump to complete 1,000 route-kms of new lines in one year with the limited resources. She said this is a path-breaking step, considering the annual average of 180 route-kms of new lines in the last 58 years and 219 route-kms in the last five years.

The Minister said that the route-kms of the Railways was 53,596 kms in 1950. After a span of 58 years, we have now reached only 64,015 kms adding just 10,419 kms an annual average of only 180 kms. She said the Railways needs connectivity for industries, ports, tourist centres, universities, religious places, coal mines etc.,and that is why the Ministry has set a target to add 25,000 kms of new lines in the next ten years as outlined in Vision 2020.

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