Railways’ 100-day plan: Bold Initiatives and Decisive Actions by Modi Government (Video)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the first 100 days of his government were defined by change, determination, improvement and good intention.

Written by September 10, 2019 13:23

New Delhi: Hundred days after taking office for the second time, following a resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government outlined its list of achievements on Sunday and laid out its priorities for the rest of the term.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the first 100 days of his government were defined by change, determination, improvement and good intention. “In the past 100 days, all the big decisions we took, their inspiration was derived from 130 crore Indians. It is only through your trust that government was able to take decisions ranging in agriculture to national security,” he said at a rally in Rohtak.

Days before Narendra Modi government took oath for the second innings, the Indian Railways chalked out a mega action plan for the next 100 days.

Its time to look at the 100 Days of Bold Initiatives & Decisive Actions’, on the government’s initiatives in its second term so far.

Stations with High-Speed free Wi-Fi cross 4,100

The Indian Railways has set itself a target — providing free WiFi at 6,485 railway stations in 100 days. While they have already completed it with best-ever safety record, free & fast WiFi at 4100+ stations & upgraded stations.

Indian Railways SMS service

The Indian Railways has inducted an SMS service in order to increase the ease of train passengers. The Railways SMS services have been primarily launched to facilitate the train passengers and users who are not able to access the same facilities due to lower bandwidth of internet connection.

Quality food

EaseMyTrip (EMT), one of the leading online travel aggregators in India has come up with an exclusive offer for its IRCTC customers. EaseMyTrip allows rail passengers to enjoy free food during their train journeys. Now customers booking train tickets through different modes from EaseMyTrip will be eligible to avail a food thali from RelFood without paying anything extra.

EaseMyTrip has partnered with RelFood, which is an official IRCTC partner to deliver food and drinks in trains. With this, when a customer books their train ticket from EaseMyTrip, they get an email on their registered email address with a coupon code. He/she can then use this code to order food from RelFood Website following which delicious food will be delivered at the customers’ seat.

Clean Drinking Water- Commencement of Rail Neer Plant Mandideep, Bhopal

Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is in the process of making nine new plants of ‘Rail Neer,’ in a move which will make railways self-sufficient as far as packaged drinking water is concerned, after the plants commence.

Currently, 10 plants of Rail Neer are operating throughout the country which can only meet 45-50 per cent of the total demand for drinking water in railway premises. For this reason, the railway has to buy drinking water from other brands whose quality cannot be guaranteed.

Following the initiation of nine new plants in the country, IRCTC will become self-sufficient in meeting the demand for Rail Neer. IRCTC is able to regularly supply around 11 lakh liters of Rail Neer through the 10 plants operating currently, whereas its regular demand is at around 19 lakh liters. The nine new plants will be able to fill this gap.

At present, IRCTC’s plants are at work in Delhi’s Nangloi, Danapur in Patna, Palur in Chennai, Ambarnath in Mumbai, Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, Thiruvananthpuram’s Parasalla, Bilapur in Chhattisgarh, UP’s Hapur, Sanand in Ahmedabad and Mandideep in Bhopal. The plants at Hapur, Sanand and Mandideep had started in April, this year itself.

The construction of six new plants is almost in the process of completion in Maharashtra’s Nagpur, Howrah’s Sankrail in West Bengal, Jagi Road in Guwahati, Jabalpur, Bhusawal and Una and they are likely to kick-off from March next year.

Apart from these, three new plants are also being established in Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam and Bhubhaneshwar and with the initiation of all these new plants, IRCTC will be able to meet the demand of Rail Neer in the railway premises of India.

Enhancing Passenger Services

Vande Bharat Express: Indian Railways soon to start the services of second Vande Bharat Express. The much-awaited new train will run between Delhi-Katra route three days a week.

The first Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 was launched on the Delhi-Varanasi route. The first train was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15 on the Delhi-Varanasi route.

95 trains have been upgraded to Utkrisht standard: Project Utkrisht envisaged improved interiors of rakes of identified trains with LED lighting inside coaches; glowing seat number indicators; vinyl wrapping of doorways and gangways; standard washbasin with uniform taps; epoxy flooring inside toilets instead of PVC flooring with good quality taps; refurbishing damaged floor/seats inside coaches; on-board cleaning with cleaning of toilets once in two hours; regular collection of trash from dustbins; odourless toilets and many more.

The exterior of coaches has poly urethane (PU) painting with new colour scheme and pricot colour in the main body and red in the ends, said a release.

Refurbishing of coaches to Utkrisht standard is being done at SR’s workshops — Carriage Works Perambur and Golden Rock Workshop, Ponmalai, Tiruchchirpapalli.

Though Mangaluru Central-Nagercoil Parasuram Express (16649/650) was initially identified for an upgrade under Project Utkrisht, it was dropped as the rake comprises chair car coaches. Instead, the SR selected Maveli Express that has sleeper coaches.

29% increase in the production of coaches: Railways is executing an ambitious plan to modernise all rail coaches by replacing the old, or Integrated Coach Factory (ICF), coaches by those designed by Linke-Hofmann-Busch of Germany popularly known as LHB coaches. In 100 days the Railway has been successful in increasing the production of coaches by 29 per cent.

As per the plan, Railways would stop manufacturing the older ICF model by end of FY19 by scaling up making of LHB coaches.

Swachh Bharat, Swachh Railways

24,493 Bio-toilets installed in trains from Apr-Aug 2019:  Over 2 lakh bio-toilets have been installed in 60,906 train coaches of Indian Railways, the Ministry of Railways said on Saturday (August 24).

Taking to Twitter, the ministry said that 2,18,515 bio-toilets have been installed in 60,906 coaches and the work is going at a rapid pace to installed it in remaining coaches as well.

No single use plastic material from 150th Gandhi Jayanti: The Indian Railways has decided to enforce a ban on single-use plastic materials on its premises, including trains, with effect from October 2, 2019.

While directing the authorities to expedite installation of 1,853 plastic water bottle crushing machines at 360 major stations in the first phase, the Railway Board asked Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Development Corporation (IRCTC) to implement return of plastic drinking bottles as part of Extended Producer Responsibility.

Approval for raising of speed to 160 kmph by 2022 -23 on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi

Rajdhani Express’ Speed Increased To 160kmph: Under its 100-day action plan, Indian Railways reduced the travel time on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes. Mission Raftaar was first announced in the Railways Budget 2016-17. The mission targets the doubling of average speed of trains and increasing the speed of all non-suburban passenger trains by 25 kmph in the next five years.

Principal routes that were identified for raising of speed under Mission Raftaar comprised six routes on Golden Quadrilateral and diagonals namely, Delhi – Mumbai, Delhi – Howrah, Howrah- Chennai, Chennai – Mumbai, Delhi – Chennai and Howrah – Mumbai.

Connecting India -Lines approved

3rd line between AllahabadPt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction (UP): The CCEA has given its approval to construct a 150 km-long third railway line between Allahabad and Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn. The estimated cost of the project stands at Rs 2649.44 crore. The Construction Organization of North Central will execute the project. The scheduled deadline of the project is 2023-24. This project between Allahabad Junction railway station and PT. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction will also generate direct employment during construction for around 36 lakh man-days.

New Line between Sahjanwa-Dohrighat (UP): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the construction of new lines between Sahjanwa and Dohrighat; and Allahabad and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction.

The committee, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave the nod to construct 81.17 kilometres long new railway line between Sahjanwa and Dohrighat at cost of Rs 1319.75 crore. The project, which will be completed by 2023-24, will generate direct employment during construction for about 19.48 lakh man-days.

Doubling of Line from New Bongaigaon-Agthori (Assam): Estimated cost of project is Rs 2042.51 crore and will be completed by 2022-23.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to construct the New Bongaigaon and Agthori via Rangiya doubling (142.97 km) of Northeast Frontier Railway in Assam with an estimated cost of Rs 2042.51 crore. The project will be completed by 2022-23 and will be executed by Construction Organization of Northeast Frontier Railway.

The line capacity utilization of the section between New Bongaigaon and Agthori via Rangiya is more than 100%.

New Line between Vaibhavwadi-Kolhapur (Maharashtra):

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved construction of a Rs.3,438.51 crore new line between Vaibhavwadi-Kolhapur (now Shri Chhatrapati Shahumaharaj Terminus).

The 107.76-km project will be completed by 2023-24. It will be executed by Construction Organization of Central Railway, said the Cabinet on 5 August 2019.

The proposed alignment from Vaibhavwadi to Kolhapur passes through the districts of Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg of Maharashtrastate.

The proposed alignment would link Kolhapur railway station on the existing Pune-Kolhapur section of Central Railway with Vaibhavwadi Railway Station on the existing Roha-Madgaon section of Konkan Railway.