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Dec 19 2016 (07:55)  Railway note suggests new suburban projects be taken up by states (
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CHENNAI: The onus of creating suburban rail networks in Indian cities will completely fall on state governments if a draft policy released by Indian Railways is anything to go by. The draft was sent by the Railway Board on December 6 to chief secretaries, urban development secretaries and transport secretaries of all states for their comments.
The policy, which is a public document, lays out a framework for development of suburban rail networks in new cities, which the board recognises is a request put out by many state governments.
Funding, conducting feasibility studies,
bearing the cost of land and rehabilitation and execution of the project for the new suburban railway network will have to be handled by the state government, the policy note said. It directed states to create an urban transport fund for financing the projects. "The network will be integrated with existing railways only if it is feasible. Otherwise, states should take up independent projects like the Metro. If exclusive suburban lines are created, they shall be considered by IR," the note states.Till now, suburban rail networks in Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad have been created by Indian Railways on their existing networks for running express and freight trains. "However, works have suffered due to paucity of funds. Besides, the quality of service delivery and cost recovery are areas of concern," the note stated.
The institutional structure for project development would be through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with equal participation from IR and the state. The project will have to be executed by the state government, except for works like overhead electric lines, signalling and track works, which will be done by IR, the note stated.
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