COVID-19 impact Railways extends timeline for completion of eastern and



The timeline for completion of the jap and western devoted freight corridors has been prolonged by six months to June 2022 as a result of impression of the coronavirus outbreak, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav mentioned on August 20.

The Railways was earlier seeking to full the challenge by 2021.

The jap and western devoted freight corridors are anticipated to see investments to the tune of Rs 81,459 crore.

Talking on individuals dropping their lives on railway tracks, Yadav mentioned practically 30,000 individuals misplaced their lives resulting from trespassing and untoward incidents and the Railways is making an attempt to scale back the rely.

“Dying statistics are maintained in three varieties: consequential accidents, trespassing and untoward incidents. Deaths are categorised underneath untoward incidents and trespassing, the place round 29,000-30,000 deaths have been reported within the final three years. We try to scale back this as nicely,” he mentioned.

Yadav’ feedback come within the backdrop of NITI Aayog elevating issues over the Railways declare of zero deaths round railway tracks this fiscal.

In a letter to Yadav, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had mentioned that over 2,000 individuals lose their lives within the Mumbai suburban community yearly and such deaths must also be a part of the full deaths data on account of trespassing.

The Railways recorded 16 deaths in 2018-19, 28 in 2017-18 and 195 in 2016-17 resulting from rain mishaps that embody collision, derailment, fireplace and different miscellaneous accidents. These figures don’t embody trespassing and different untoward incidents across the tracks.

Yadav additionally knowledgeable that freight loading in August has been 7 p.c increased than final yr.

He mentioned they’re figuring out separate timetables for passenger trains, upkeep and freight trains.

“We need to keep velocity of freight trains even after whole community of passenger trains function,” Yadav mentioned.

The Railways mentioned that as on August 19 freight loading was 3.11 million tonne, increased than on the identical date final yr (2.97 million tonne). It earned Rs 306.1 crore from freight loading, which is Rs 5.28 crore increased than on the identical date final yr.

It can also be contemplating utilizing India Publish providers for last-mile connectivity for consignment throughout the nation, Yadav mentioned, after a pilot challenge was carried out by the Central Railways in Maharashtra. Earlier, the India Publish Railway Parcel Service, a mixed service of the Central Railway and India Publish, was used for offering first and last-mile connectivity to ship two ventilators from Nagpur to Mumbai in the course of the coronavirus lockdown.

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First Revealed on Aug 20, 2020 06:28 pm


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