Indian Railway's, the country's biggest landlord, has
plans to mine revenue out of its land holdings. The
organisation plans to lease out some of vacant pieces
of railway land lying near certain railway stations
for construction of hotels or guesthouses. The railway
ministry is in process of identifying surplus land at
100 sites. These will be allotted for public-private
partnership (PPP) projects through open tenders through
a "two packet bidding system" consisting of
a technical and a financial bid.
there has been a marked all-round improvement in the
performance of Indian Railways during April-October
loading has gone up from 366.92 MT in April-October
2005 to 403.33 MT in April-October 2006. Freight earnings
have gone up from Rs20,060.06 crore in April-October
2005 to Rs22,779.05 crore in April-October 2006. Passenger
earnings have also gone up from Rs8,561.00 crore in
April-October 2005 to Rs9,675.96 crore in April-October
accidents too have come down from 140 during the corresponding
period last year to 136 this year.
Integral Coach Factory (ICF) produced 661 coaches during
the period April-October 2006 exceeding the target by
10 coaches while Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) produced 76,835
wheels and 31,141 axles during April-October 2006 compared
to the target of 75,453 wheels and 29,607 axles.
Locomotive Works (CLW), Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW)
and Rail Coach Factory (RCF) produced 78 electric locos,
108 locos and 746 coaches respectively equaling the
to the ministry, the target for acquisition of diesel
locomotives in the 10th Plan was for 444 locomotives.
There has, however, been a sharp increase in traffic
and the likely acquisition to meet traffic demand has
been pegged at 619 diesel locomotives, out of which
469 had been manufactured till 31st March 2006. The
remaining 150 diesel will be manufactured during 2006-07.
ordinary working expenses during April-October 2006
have come down by Rs342.43 crore from the budget provision
of Rs.22,336.59 crore to Rs.21,994.16 crore (actuals).
The working expenses for the month of October 2006 have
also come down by Rs448.61 crore from the budget provision
of Rs.2,911.75 crore to Rs2,463.14 crore (actuals).
punctuality percentage of mail and express trains during
2006 in broad gauge and meter gauge respectively was
92.4 and 97.7 compared to 92.0 and 97.4 during the same
period last year.