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Blog Entry# 1080430
Posted: May 02 2014 (09:53)

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Last Response: May 02 2014 (14:42)
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May 02 2014 (09:53)  

Naveen~   3051 blog posts   33 correct pred (58% accurate)
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Hit hard by an increase in bulk diesel prices that have sent its annual fuel bill soaring by 15%, the railways has turned its attention on the neglected track electrification programme, increasing the target by around 300 km for the next fiscal to around 1,600 km. This would be the railways' biggest electrification drive.
“We would be electrifying around 1,500-1,600 km of track in the next fiscal. We are also looking at public-private partnership (PPP) model for the same,” a railway board official said.
The cost of electrification comes out to be around
Rs 1 crore for every km. At present, the railways has electrified network of just 24,000 km of the total 64,000 km. Railways has a fleet of around 4,500 diesel locomotives and the same number of electric locos. It has an overall fuel bill of Rs 21,000 crore.
The cash-strapped transporter is also planning annuity-based public-private partnership (PPP) for its route-electrification projects. Under this model, the railways will pay contractors in annual installments. In the 12th Plan, the railways has set a target of electrification of 6,500-km route and it hopes to exceed the target with the annuity-based PPP route.
Route electrification could be the most successful railways PPP project . At present, running on diesel is three times costlier than electric route. So, whatever the railways save on the fuel can be paid to contractors annually. The national transporter feels such projects have good traction and returns on investments are faster which will interest foreign technology giants.
Railways is expecting private companies such as Alstom, Siemens, KEC and its own PSUs such as Ircon and Rites to invest.
In the current five-year plan, the railways has a PPP target of around Rs 1 lakh crore. Although its PPP record has not been very encouraging as other than port connectivity projects, no other big-ticket railway projects on PPP have taken off.
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34 posts - Fri May 02, 2014

May 02 2014 (13:03)
Pained to know Boeing 777 landcrashed~   23294 blog posts   21128 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 1080430-35            Tags   Past Edits
but given that 1 cr expenditure per km electrification how can rly electrify these routes? AFA priority is concerned ET COI route followed by BWN MLDT KIR NJP GHY DBRG route should be given priority...but who'll raise the funds?

May 02 2014 (13:08)
Naveen~   3051 blog posts   33 correct pred (58% accurate)
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Well, i think at present IR is considering those routes which are feeder routes for either Eastern DFC or Western DFC. The DFCCIL is given a target to complete EDFC and WDFC by 2016 and has told IR/CORE/RVNL to electrify and strengthen the feeder routes respectively by March 2016. And apart from feeder routes, IR is also considering and prioritising those routes which can serve as detours to main lines, in case of emergency/accident/protests etc.

May 02 2014 (13:11)
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FYKI, HWH BWN MLDT (BJU KIR) NJP GHY DBRG forms part of the extended Golden Quadrilateral.& yes the majority of foodgrains that is loaded from Punjab & Haryana are towards North East(via Rail) because of the Special Status the 7 states has received.

May 02 2014 (13:18)
Naveen~   3051 blog posts   33 correct pred (58% accurate)
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Our route, i.e popularly known in IR as RBR, Rajpura Bathinda Route, we have 3 thermal plants at Bathinda, one NFL plant, One HPCL Refinery and One Gujrat Ambuja Cement unit. All the coal for TPP is coming from eastern mines. It is mandatory to have minimum 7 or more rake load of coal should go to these TPP at Bathinda EVERYDAY and one is a Rajpura. So, i had read a document under DFCCIL that the coal for TPPs shall move on EDFC and then move over to feeder routes under IR. Trans loaded with food grains pass from here , i mean PTA Patiala, there is been a lot of movement going on this section to upgrade as per DFC. And yes, this route is also a GQ route. We get trains hauled by WDG4s of SBI, LKO, Siliguri, Sabarmati, Bhagat Ki Kothi etc, and ALCos from Andal, Katni,...
Kazipet, LKO, and many more, visiting here with empty BCNA/BCNHL rakes to carry food grains. Empty coal BOXN on rerun carry fertilisers and BCNA etc carry Cement and BTPN carry petrol from HPCL and LPG tanker rake also. And RBR is under process for electrification for which the survey has already been conducted and RVNL is working on for tender scheduling etc.

May 02 2014 (14:42)
vinit123   166 blog posts   31 correct pred (84% accurate)
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I am not against anyone but its very easy to blame than to prove it. Please go through below two links, RE doesn't stop with Overhead poles and wires, there are Contact wires, Messenger wires, Feeder cables, Dropper wires and much more.
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