2018-12-13

Railway Projects : Unstarred Question in Loksabha

Railway Projects

(a) the details of proposals for railway projects received from the various State Governments still pending with the Railways, State-wise and project-wise;
(b) the details and the present status of proposals which have been approved during the last three years, State-wise and project-wise;
(c) the details of funds allocated for implementation of such approved projects, State-wise and project-wise; and
(d) the time frame set for the completion of these projects?

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 323                                    ANSWERED ON: 12.12.2018

Railway Projects

M. B. RAJESH

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-

(a) the details of proposals for railway projects received from the various State Governments still pending with the Railways, State-wise and project-wise;
(b) the details and the present status of proposals which have been approved during the last three years, State-wise and project-wise;
(c) the details of funds allocated for implementation of such approved projects, State-wise and project-wise; and
(d) the time frame set for the completion of these projects?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)

(a) to (d): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

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STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (d) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 323 BY SHRI M. B. RAJESH TO BE ANSWERED IN LOK SABHA ON 12.12.2018 REGARDING RAILWAY PROJECTS 

(a): Proposals/suggestions/ representations, both formal and informal regarding Railway projects are received from State Governments, Ministries of Central Government, Elected representatives, organizations/rail users etc. by Railways at various levels including Railway Board, Zonal Railways, Division Office etc. As receipt of such proposals/complaints/suggestions is a continuous and dynamic process, centralized compendium of such requests is not maintained. Since Railway projects generally straddle over more than one State, these are neither surveyed nor sanctioned State-wise. Survey for new lines, gauge conversion of Meter Gauge lines to Broad Gauge and feasibility study etc. is a continuous and ongoing process of Indian Railways and is done based on demands raised by State Governments, Central Ministries, Members of Parliament, other public representatives and Railways’ own requirement.

(b) & (c): Details of Railway projects included in PINK BOOK during the last three years i.e. 2016-17, 2017-18 & 2018-19 are appended. Many of these projects included in Pink Book are subject to requisite approvals. The projects which have received requisite clearances are in various stages of planning, estimation, tendering and land acquisition etc. 

(d): The completion of railway projects requires clearances from various departments of State Government and Central Ministries like acquisition of land, statutory clearances like forestry and wild life clearances, cutting of trees, shifting of services, construction of road over bridges and road under bridges by road maintaining agencies, NOC from State Irrigation Department and Power Corporations, law & order issues like protests against compensation to land losers, public agitation over alignment, Extremism and Naxalite problems etc., which are beyond the control of Ministry of Railways. Moreover, the funds for completion of projects are allocated on yearly basis depending on the total budget outlay, progress made in each project and relative priority. Therefore, it is not feasible to fix time lines for completion of all these projects. 

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Source: Loksabha

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