New Projects by Indian Railway
Make in India Program under PPP Agreement with M/s General Electric
Indian Railways inducts two State-of-the-Art High Horse Power Locomotives. These High Horse Power Locomotives are designed and developed under the Make in India Program under PPP Agreement with M/s General Electric. First Fully Digitally Enabled Locomotive with greater Reliability, Maintainability and Availability.
Indian Railways in collaboration with M/S General Electric (GE) under the Public Private Partnership initiative has inducted two Digitally Enabled Locomotives based on the state of the art insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology which enables the combined advantages of high efficiency and fast switching. As a gesture of inducting the two HHP locomotives on the Indian Railway system, GE handed over the symbolic reverser keys to Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani at a ceremony held at Northern Railway’s Diesel Loco Shed, Alambagh, Lucknow.
The two HHP prototypes locomotives were wholly designed in India under the Make in India program and manufactured under the Public Private partnership through a MOU with GE. The total investment amount is Rs.13000 crore and under the agreement Indian Railways has a 26% stake. The first GE manufactured Diesel locomotive No 49001 for Indian Railways, shipped from USA, landed in the country on 11th October 2017 and was put to extensive trials. The Salient features of the GE Locomotive are four stroke engine, 12 cylinders, 06 traction motors, AC Dual Cab locomotive; Safety features for self load, toilet facility, Upgraded Computer Controlled Braking (CCB system), Electronic Fuel Injection system, Fuel Efficient locomotive, IGBT based traction technology, Compliant with India’s UIC emission norm. The locomotive is also the first fully digitally enabled locomotive with greater reliability and availability and is also provided with a device to manage disasters. In a bid to setting higher benchmarks in maintenance of its assets for better reliability and safety, the Indian Railways had set up maintenance sheds at Roza, UP and Gandhidham, Gujarat.
Jhansi-Manikpur and Bhimsen-Khairar lines Doubling
Jhansi-Manikpur and Bhimsen-Khairar lines Doubling with Electrification, railway announced through a press release.
CCEA approves 425 Km long Jhansi-Manikpur and Bhimsen-Khairar lines doubling and electrification projects at a completion cost of Rs. 4955.72 crore Likely to be completed by 2022-23 Improve punctuality, and better safety through improved availability for maintenance blocks Will be important feeder route for Dedicated Freight Corridor Improve connectivity to Khajuraho which is an international tourist destination Generate direct employment during construction of about 102 lakh mandays
Jeypore-Malkangiri New Line Project
CCEA approves 130 Km long Jeypore-Malkangiri New Line project at a completion cost of Rs. 2676.11 crore Likely to be completed by 2021-22 Malkangiri and Koraput districts are among the identified left wing extremism (LWE) affected districts in the country Will result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh Provide basic infrastructure support for overall development including industrial development of the area having large socio economic ramifications Will also help in combating left wing extremism through development Generate direct employment during construction of about 31.2 lakh mandays.
The proposed new line will connect Malkangiri, Boipariguda, Tanginiguda, Mathili, Pondripani Road and other major towns to Jeypore station on the existing Kottavalasa-Kirandul line. Further, connectivity to important towns viz. Koraput, Jeypore, Jagdalpur, Dantewara will improve. It will also result in short lead to many other places of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
Muzaffarpur-Sagauli and Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines Doubling with Electrification
Muzaffarpur-Sagauli and Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines Doubling with Electrification, railway announced through a press release.
CCEA approves 100.6 Km long Muzaffarpur-Sagauli and 109.7 Km Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines Doubling projects with electrification at completion costs of Rs. 1347.61 crore, Rs. 1381.49 crore respectively These projects will cover the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar At present passenger trains suffer congestion and stoppages on Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar route as the line capacity utilization is upto 213%. Additional capacity will ease congestion and allow faster and reliable movement with minimum delays Muzaffarpur-Sagauli and Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar projects will generate direct employment during construction for 24.14 lakh mandays and 26.33 lakh mandays respectively
Railway’s MoU with Ministry of Ayush
Ministry of Railways signs MoU with Ministry of Ayush to augment Ayush services in Railway hospitals, railway announced through a press release.
Ministry of Railways and Ministry of AYUSH have decided to scale up AYUSH health services in B.R. Singh Hospital in Eastern Railway, Perambur Railway Hospital Southern Railway, Central Hospital of Northern Railway, JR Hospital in Western Railway and the Central Hospital of Northeast Frontier Railway.
Under the terms of the MoU signed, Ministry of Railways will arrange for providing logistics and infrastructure in the form of Land and building, Equipments, Furniture, AYUSH medicines and consumables as well as Manpower as per its guidelines. It will organize and provide orientation training to newly recruited AYUSH Doctors and AYUSH Paramedicals. Ministry of AYUSH in turn will provide all other technical inputs required for introduction of AYUSH Systems in the five identified Railways Hospitals. The Ministry will also provide technical knowhow regarding the pharmacopoeia, medicine inventory, hospital planning. Guidelines of manpower requirement and Recruitment Rules; Procedures of AYUSH Doctors, AYUSH Para medical required for introduction of AYUSH Systems in five Railway Hospitals including the guidelines for contractual AYUSH doctors and paramedical staff would be aided by MoAYUSH.
India – Morocco Cooperation Agreement
Cabinet approves India-Morocco Cooperation Agreement in Railway Sector, railway announced through a press release.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Cooperation Agreement betweenIndia and the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF) to develop long-term cooperation and partnership in different areas of railway sector. The Cooperation Agreement was signedon 14th December, 2017.The Cooperation Agreement will enable technical cooperation in the following areas:-
- Training and staff development;
- Expert missions, exchange of experience and personnel; and
- Mutual technical assistance, including exchanging of experts.
Bhatni – Aurnihar Line Doubling with Electrification
CCEA approves 116.95 Km long Bhatni-Aurnihar line doubling with electrification at a completion cost of Rs. 1300.9 crore Likely to be completed by 2021-22 Doubling project will ensure higher speed, reduce train delays, enhance safety by allowing more time for track/block maintenance, and provide additional capacity for future increase in traffic Decongestion of Mughalsarai-Allahabad route thereby benefiting passengers traveling to Eastern India especially Bihar, West Bengal and North East By easing the connectivity in Varanasi district, often referred to as the Spiritual Capital of India it will give a boost to pilgrimage, tourism and the local economy Electrification will lead to faster trains, reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable environment. Further, it will reduce fuel import dependence, and result in energy costs savings for Railways and forex savings for the country. Generate direct employ