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Rlys Working Group Report

Rlys Working Group Report

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Published by: Sathya Sankaran on Sep 11, 2010
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For Official Use Only
Government of IndiaMinistry of RailwaysRailway Board
One could not ask for a more optimistic setting as we prepare to go into the Eleventh FiveYear Plan. The economy is on a high growth trajectory and has been clocking more than8 per cent annual growth for the last four years. The growth in railway traffic - bothfreight and passenger - has been exceeding the GDP growth rate. The outlook for thefuture is bright and opportunities for growth are abundant. But the challenges are equallyformidable, although admittedly, challenges of growth are always preferable tochallenges of maintaining
status quo
.The Railways have exceeded most of the targets set for the Tenth Five Year Plan. Theterminal year of the Plan has seen a record level of over 728 Million Tonnes of originating freight traffic, 6.24 billion of originating passengers, an enviable operatingratio of 78.7 percent and a cash surplus before dividend of over Rs 20,000 crores.Efficiency improvements and a customer-focused approach have been major drivers of the growth. It is difficult for capacity enhancement to keep pace with the growth in trafficdue to the gestation lags. Most of the major traffic-carrying routes are under severe strain.A number of initiatives have already been launched to redress the situation; these need tobe sustained and greatly expanded in both scale and scope during the Eleventh Five YearPlan. In addition, there is a need to identify infrastructural weaknesses that, if leftunaddressed, could derail the momentum of growth. This document has attempted toaddress the issue and set out a plan to prepare the Indian Railways to transform into atruly World Class Railway system.It has been our attempt to cover all the Terms of Reference comprehensively, startingfrom traffic projections to infrastructural requirements and organizational issues. I amsure that Planning Commission would find the inputs useful while preparing the EleventhFive Year Plan for the country.
(J.P.BATRA)(Chairman, Railway Board &Ex-Officio Principal Secretary to the Government of India)Chairman, Working Group
The Working Group for formulation of the Railway Programmes for the Eleventh FiveYear Plan (2007-2012) was constituted under the chairmanship of Chairman, RailwayBoard vide Planning Commission’s order No.18/9/2005-Tpt dated 24.03.2006. A copy of the order containing the composition of the Group and Terms of Reference is atAnnexure-I. Subsequently, Shri. Shri Prakash, Adviser (Infrastructure), Ministry of Railways was nominated as the Convener of the Working Group in place of ShriA.K.Suri, Additional Member (Planning). Additional Member (Planning) was, however,retained as a member of the Working Group. The Working Group met on 09.05.2006 andSub Groups were constituted to deliberate and make recommendations on key issues suchas Business Strategy, Passenger Business, Pricing, Costing, Tariff Policy and SocialBurden, Infrastructure Policy and Safety. A list of the various Sub Groups is atAnnexure-II.The second meeting of the Working Group was held on 28.12.2006 to discuss the inputsreceived from various Sub Groups. Subsequently, the approach to the Eleventh Five YearPlan was discussed with the General Managers of the Zonal Railways. Suggestionsreceived from them have been considered and appropriately incorporated in the Report.

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