02 January, 2018

Status of Track Renewal In Railways

Track renewal targets are fixed every year zone-wise. The details of track renewal target and actual renewal since 2014 onwards year-wise and zone-wise are as under:

Zonal Railway
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Target
Actual renewal
Target
Actual renewal
Target
Actual renewal
Target
Actual renewal (up to November 2017)
Central
200
205
220
185
220
195
275
115
Eastern
183
185
200
162
192
178
246
125
East Central
171
203
150
202
187
180
225
163
East Coast
62
60
110
116
103
119
243
122
Northern
385
383
390
387
532
281
615
246
North Central
130
152
150
164
166
111
192
92
North Eastern
68
45
90
80
78
81
105
57
Northeast Frontier
27
34
50
95
37
42
43
42
North Western
24
24
50
59
71
80
155
75
Southern
102
135
150
187
198
207
406
171
South Central
175
208
190
278
118
150
147
100
South Eastern
110
168
150
209
103
190
209
186
South East Central
102
107
120
119
174
123
161
83
South Western
102
96
110
118
105
117
170
96
Western
165
194
190
229
216
240
252
205
West Central
194
225
180
204
168
193
156
129
Total
2200
2424
2500
2794
2668
2487
3600
2007
All figures in kilometers of Complete Track Renewal (CTR) units

The details of funds allocated for track renewal since 2014 onwards, year-wise and zone-wise are as under:
Zonal Railway
Funds allocated for track renewal ( In Crore)
RE 2014-15
RE 2015-16
RE 2016-17
BE 2017-18
Central
372
427.70
515.70
808.66
Eastern
364
314.90
513.48
543.85
East Central
318.24
398.30
470
652.97
East Coast
160
217.30
229.05
738.92
Northern
650
616.64
780
1400.70
North Central
330
376.20
433.02
433.16
North Eastern
145
141
212
316.08
Northeast Frontier
152
225.18
257.97
258.90
North Western
86
95.66
192.87
442.03
Southern
290
347.80
499.48
1066.02
South Central
421
500.20
435.27
604.66
South Eastern
308
384.20
515
594.24
South East Central
326
283.28
277.51
382.09
South Western
160
181.48
255.54
386.01
Western
411
390.10
514
712.54
West Central
531
520.36
632.56
602.80
Total
5024.24
5420.30
6733.45
9943.63
RE – Revised Estimates, BE – Budget Estimates

Track renewal is an ongoing process which is undertaken as and when a stretch of track becomes due for renewal on age/condition basis. Track Renewal works are planned in advance every year and their execution is prioritized according to the condition of track ensuring all the time that track is in a sound condition for safe running of trains. In case any stretch of track is not renewed in time due to various reasons, suitable speed restrictions, if required, are imposed to ensure safe running of trains. As on 01.04.2017, track renewal covering 7546 km is sanctioned out of which 3600 km is targeted for the year 2017-18. Normally, track renewal works are completed in two to three years of sanction.
Replacement of all lever frames and Semaphore Signalling system with Electronic/Panel/Route Relay Interlocking (EI/PI/RRI) system and Multiple Aspect Colour Light Signalling (MACLS) are progressively being done on age cum condition basis. A total 235 Nos. of stations are remaining with Semaphore Signals as on 31.03.2017. These are likely to be replaced with MACLS with EI/PI/RRI in next three years.