National Rail Plan, 2030, a policy statement which among other things is also expected to provide direction for increase in the market share of Indian railways in the larger national transportation space, is expected to be unveiled in December. Speaking at a webinar organized by industry association Assocham recently, Railway Board chairman and CEO Vinod Kumar Yadav informed that final draft of national rail plan 2030 is ready and is likely to be released next month in December.
“Vision 2024 is part of national rail plan 2030 which will be taking care of infrastructure needs which requires to be developed by 2030 to take care of traffic requirements of 2050 and it includes all the projects included in vision 2024 document,” he said.
Noting that Indian Railways has done a lot of work towards ensuring safety including modernisation of signalling system, mechanised maintenance of assets in last two-three years, he said, “During the pandemic period, we took advantage of the adverse situation and converted into an opportunity as we carried out 200 very important safety works including maintenance of tracks which were pending for 5-6 years.”
He also maintained that there has been a paradigm shift in last 3-4 months in the way in which business development activities and marketing initiatives have been undertaken. “Our portal for business development which is under development and by mid of December we are going to provide online facilities like tariff calculation, tracking consignment and others.”