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Speech of Shri Nitish Kumar
Introducing the Railway Budget, 1999-2000
on 25th February 1999 - Part III

New Lines

I am happy to state that the Railways, despite limited resources, have completed construction of the 174 km Talcher-Sambalpur line. Along with this, we have completed the Panihar-Khajuri section of Guna-Etawah line completing the link between Gwalior and Guna.
However, the work on the Goalpara-Guwahati line which was targeted for completion in this financial year has been affected by the adverse law and order situation and will now be completed in the coming financial year.
New line projects, included in the 1999-2000 Budget are :-
New Line project from Agra to Etawah via Fatehabad and Bah
Kakinada to Pithapuram new line, to be taken up after obtaining the requisite clearances.
During the year 1999-2000, the railways expect to complete the following sections of new line projects :-
Section Km
Kashinagar-Kakdweep 3
Bongaon-Petrapole 8
Goalpara-Kamakhaya 124
Peddpally-Karimnagar 35
Jaruri-Banspani 11
Kapadvanj-Modasa 60
Total 241
In order to expedite progress on the Qazigund-Baramulla line in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, it has been decided, with the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), to get the work executed through M/s IRCON International.

Gauge Conversion

In 1998-99, the Railways have completed the gauge conversion of the following sections :-
Tambaram-Tiruchchirappalli
Tiruchchirappalli-Dindigul
Shivsagar-Moranhat
Mariani-Jorhat
Further, during the remaining part of the financial year, we hope to complete the gauge conversion of following sections:
Narkatiaganj-Gorakhpur
Babupet-Balarshah
Solapur-Hotgi
Indara-Phephana
During the year 1999-2000, the railways expect to complete 541 km of gauge conversion projects as detailed below :-
Section Km
Pandharpur-Kurduwadi 52
Nonera-Seoni 27
Kashipur-Lalkuan 60
Mudkhed-Adilabad 162
Arakkonam-Chengalpattu 63
Yellahanka-Yeshwantpur 17
Lakshman Tirtha bridge diversion on Mysore-Hassan line 1
Morbi to Maliya-Miyana and Dahisara to Navlakhi 68
Dharangdhara-Kuda 33
Gandhidham-Bhuj 58
Total 541
Sir, it is proposed to take up the gauge conversion of the following sections, the work on which would be started after obtaining the requisite clearances :-
Kaptanganj-Thave-Sivan-Chapra
Salem-Viddhachelam-Cuddalore

Doubling

In 1998-99, the Railways will complete about 280 km of doubling projects. In 1999-2000, another 290 km on various sections of on-going
works are likely to be doubled.
Hon'ble Members will be happy to know that in order to improve the flow of the growing traffic and to generate additional capacity on some saturated sections, the following new doubling works have been included in the Budget :-
Mathura-Bhuteswar (Third line)
Punpun to Taregana
Amroha-Moradabad
Dayabasti, Grade Separator
Chapra-Hajipur
Karpurigram-Siho
Ernakulam Jn-Ernakulam marshalling yard
Rajatgarh to Barang
Diva-Kalyan (Fifth and Sixth line)
Attipattu-Korukakkupettai (Third line)

Suburban Transport Projects

I am happy to inform the House, that our efforts with regard to Mumbai Metropolitan Transport Project have succeeded and we have received the approval of the Cabinet for setting up of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC).
As far as the on-going projects are concerned, in New Mumbai the doubling of Belapur-Panvel line and construction of Thane-Turbhe-Nerul-Vashi Suburban corridor are progressing satisfactorily. In Mumbai, the work of Santacruz-Borivali fifth line is also progressing well. The work of second phase of the fifth and sixth lines between Kurla-Thane will be started as soon as necessary clearances are received.
It gives me pleasure to inform the House, that in the metropolitan city of Calcutta, we have decided to extend the construction of Metro Rail from Tolleyganj to Garia. In addition, we have included in this Budget the single line connection of Princep Ghat to Majerhat, thus completing the full ring of Calcutta Circular Railway. A survey has also been undertaken for doubling and electrification of this route. The work of electrification of Dum Dum to Tala is already in progress.
As regards Chennai, the work of Mass Rapid Transit System, Phase II, between Thirumailai and Velacheri is progressing satisfactorily. In the metropolitan city of Delhi, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has started work on Phase I of Mass Rapid Transit System.

Railway Electrification

In the 9th Five Year Plan, the Railways have planned Electrification of 2300 route km out of which 445 route km have been completed in
1997-98 and we hope to complete another 500 route km in the current financial year. In the year 1999-2000, an outlay of Rs. 350 cr has been provided for Railway Electrification and a target of electrifying 500 route km has been kept.
Sir, I am happy to inform the House that the following sections have been included in the Budget for taking up Electrification. The work on these projects would be taken up after obtaining the requisite clearances.
Ernakulam-Tiruvananthapuram
Mughalsarai-Zafrabad (as the first phase of Mughalsarai-Lucknow via Sultanpur)
Patna-Gaya
Tambaram-Chengalpattu-Villupuram
Chengalpattu-Arakkonam

Surveys

On the basis of the requests received from the Hon’ble Members and State Governments, I have decided to take up several surveys in the Budget for 1999-2000.
The following surveys for New Lines are being taken up :-
To bring Talcher station on Cuttack-Talcher-Sambalpur line
Agartala to Akhaura
Almatti to Yadgir
Anupgarh to Bikaner
Badlaghat-Alamnagar-Bhawanipur-Purnea-Dalkhola
Bakreshwar to Siuri
Bisrampur to Jabalpur
Chatra to Tori
Dahanu road to Nasik
Gaya to Daltanganj via Guraru, Gurva, Sherghat and Imamganj
Jabalpur to Panna via Damoh
Jaisalmer to Kandla
Punalur to Erumeli
Khandwa to Nardana via Khargone, Sendhwa
Murshidabad to Kandi via Khagraghat and Behrampur
Nagapattinam to Velankani
Ramganj Mandi to Bhopal via Jhalawar, Aklera, Khilchipur, Rajgarh, Biavra, Narsingarh
Rohtak to Hissar via Meham and Hansi
Tindivanam to Cuddalore via Pondicherry
Patna By-pass line
Kovvur-Bhadrachalam Road
Parli Vaijnath to Ghatandur (for regrading)
Umrer to Nagpur via Khaperkeda and Koradi
Makum to Saikhova Ghat
Surveys for gauge conversion of the following lines are being taken up : -
Bardhaman-Katwa
Aunrihar-Jaunpur
Mehasana-Taranga Hill
Pilibhit-Sahajahanpur
Wansjalia-Jetalsar
Tiruchirapalli-Karaikudi-Manamadurai
Surveys for doubling the following lines are being taken up :-
Lalgola-Krishnanagar with electrification
Renigunta to Tirupati
Baruipur-Lakshmikantpur
Daund-Manmad with electrification
Seoraphuli-Tarakeswar
Konkan Railway Corporation
Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC) is operating seven pairs of passenger trains including the Kurla-Mangalore Express and the Trivandrum Rajdhani Express. Freight operations, however, have been on a somewhat lower level than what the KRC can handle. The overall depression in freight movement on the Indian Railways has affected Konkan Railway also. Consequently, the financial results forecast of Konkan Railway for the current year are less than expected. KRC is, however, exploring every means of augmenting its services and revenues. In this context they have planned to introduce "Konkan Star Service" with modern facilities for passengers and "Roll-on-Roll-off" freight services, under which loaded goods trucks are carried to destinations.
Any new line project has to take a reasonable time for realising its full potential. In the case of new lines funded by the General Exchequer, the payment of dividend is deferred for a period up to five years after opening. Konkan Railway Corporation has been built mostly with funds borrowed from the market and has to discharge its debt service obligations from the beginning. The organisation, therefore, definitely needs help. I would like to assure the House that the Ministry of Railways would provide adequate assistance to Konkan Railway, operationally and financially, so that it can grow as a strong limb of the Railway network.

Production Units

During 1997-98 all production units have achieved their targets. Chittaranjan Locomotive Works and Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, manufactured 165 electric and 164 diesel locomotives respectively. Integral Coach Factory, Perumbur manufactured 1,010 coaches. Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, manufactured 1,031 coaches. Diesel Component Works, Patiala, rebuilt 74 locomotives and Wheel and Axle Plant, Bangalore, manufactured 92,015 wheels and 52,249 axles, which is an all time record.
During 1998-99, the work is going on smoothly in all Production Units and it is expected that they would be able to achieve their targets.

Public Sector Undertakings

Hon'ble Members will be happy to know that the performance of the Public Sector Undertakings had been satisfactory during the year 1997-98. IRCON International Ltd. (IRCON), earned a profit of Rs. 50.30 cr along with foreign exchange earnings of Rs. 43.40 cr. The company has completed projects in Malaysia, Bangladesh and Nepal. Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR) had a turnover of Rs. 627 cr. and earned a net profit of Rs.115 cr. In November, 1998, Government of India earned Rs. 225 cr by selling 90 lakh shares of CONCOR. Indian Railway Finance Corporation Ltd. (IRFC) earned a net profit of Rs. 167 cr. It mobilised a total of Rs. 2,558 cr in domestic and international markets in 1997-98 to supplement the plan resources of Indian Railways. Rail India Technical & Economics Services Ltd. (RITES) achieved a turnover of Rs. 133 cr with a net profit of Rs. 14.55 cr. Indian Railways received a total dividend of around Rs. 60 cr in 1997-98 from all its Public Sector Undertakings.

Research, Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO)

RDSO is the research and designs wing of the Indian Railways. It functions as the consultant to the Indian Railways in technical matters. RDSO have developed the cost effective "Universal Emergency Communication System (UECS)" to enhance safety, which will provide instant communication between the driver, guard and the nearest station. Apart from this, they have developed a dual voltage three-phase drive EMU design to maintain uninterrupted EMU services in Mumbai area, during conversion of traction system from 1500 volt DC to 25 KV AC.
 

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