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Rlys fails in 5-yr plan targets
New Delhi, APR 23 (PTI/IANS)
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Published on 23 Apr. 2010 11:04 PM IST
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Indian Railways could achieve only 28 per cent of the total 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-12) targets in the first two years. “Performance of the Railways, in the first two years of the plan period, was much below the proportionate targets as it could achieve only 28 per cent of total plan size,” according to the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
It was planned to add 2,000 kms of new lines, convert 10,000 kms of metre/narrow gauge into broad gauge, double the 6000 kms of single track and electrify 3500 kms of routes during the 11th Plan.
However, in the first two years of the plan period, 513 km (25.65 per cent) of new lines, 2,612 km (26.12 per cent) of gauge conversion, 789 kms (13.15 per cent) of doubling and 1,299 km (37.11 per cent) of electrification was completed.
According to the CAG report tabled in parliament today, annual growth rate in passenger earnings declined from a peak of 15.21 per cent achieved in 2007-08 to 10.52 per cent in 2008-09.
The report revealed that out of 144 ongoing railway projects, six projects have been delayed by over 10 years. The anticipated cost of completion of these projects has been revised to Rs 13,055.47 crore from original cost of 3,463.60 crores.
The 11th Plan size of Rs 2,33,289 crore envisages financing of Rs 63,635 cr through general budgetary support, Rs 90,000 crore through internal resources and Rs 79,654 crores through extra budgetary resources.
Rlys lost Rs. 500cr in Maoist, accidents
Incidents of Naxal attacks on railway property nearly doubled in 2009 and the Indian Railways lost over Rs 500 crore due to disruptions by Maoists, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee informed the Rajya Sabha today. “Railways has become a target of Naxals,” she said replying to supplementaries during Question Hour.
“We have lost Rs 500 crore because of Naxal bandhs and obstructions,” she said adding incidents of attacks by Naxals nearly doubled to 58 in 2009 from 30 in the previous year. 56 incidents were reported in 2007, she said. Banerjee said it was impossible to man every inch of the 65,000 km rail route. “Whatever we can do in our jurisdiction, we do,” she said. “We appeal to all the state governments to take some precaution so that we can run trains,” she said emphasising that law and order was a state subject and railways could do very little with the limited Railway Protection Force it has.
During the period of naxal attacks, bandhs and rail roko, running of trains is badly affected. Attacks on trains happen mainly in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.
“There has been adverse impact on operations, freight loading and passenger traffic on a localised basis during bandh calls and other threats in vulnerable areas,” she said.
Zonal railways affected by naxal violence are Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Danapur (East Central Railway), Asansol, Malda (Eastern Railway), Ranchi, Adra, Chakradharpur and Kharagpur (South Eastern Railway), Waltair, Sambalpur (East Coast Railway) and Guntakal, Secunderabad and Guntur (South Central Railway).“Measures are taken for safety and security of trains like running of Rajdhani and other passenger trains,” she said.
“However, there is no decision regarding capping the speed of all the Rajdhani and other super-fast trains.”

 
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