Indian Railways – Emerging Opportunities
India has the fourth-largest railway system in the world, following the US, Russia and China. As of FY21, the Indian Railways had 13,452 passenger trains and 9,141 freight trains. As of FY21, it had a total route network of 68,103 kms. Indian Railways has logged the highest ever electrification of sections covering 6,015 Route Kilometer (RKM) in a single year during 2020-21. More than 5 times electrification was achieved during (2014-21) last seven years as compared to during 2007-14. By 2024, Indian railways will be run completely on electricity.
Private sector companies are being encouraged to participate in rail projects, which were largely in the public domain. The cabinet approved ‘participative models for rail-connectivity and capacity augmented projects’, which allowed private ownership of some railway lines. Indian manufacturers, under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative, are being urged to develop an alternative to high-tech machines that are needed to build high-speed rail speedily for the country’s first high-speed rail corridor connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai. As part of the National Rail Plan for 2030, Indian Railways is expected to create a future-ready railway system by 2030 to bring down logistics cost and ensure 100% electrification of broad rail routes by December 2023.
Indian Railways is developing and creating technology in areas such as signaling and telecommunication with 15,000 kms being converted into automatic signaling and 37,000 kms to be fitted with ‘KAVACH’, the domestically developed Train Collision Avoidance System. Metro rail projects are being envisaged across many cities over the next ten years.
About Rail India Conference and Expo
Now in its 6th year – Messe Frankfurt’s Rail India Conference and Expo has established itself as the premier event for the railway sector in the Indian market. It provides an excellent knowledge exchange platform and the most ideal meeting place for the experts and professionals in the rail sector from all over the world, to share the latest trends, developments in the industry and modern ideas on industry related infrastructure, safety and other potential fields of improvement. The conference shall feature technical sessions, presentations, and table-top exhibits, and will open up new avenues for learning about the modern technologies and prospects in the Indian Railway sector through wide networking sessions. A mini tabletop exhibition is organized in parallel with the conference as well as multiple networking opportunities.
Thursday, November 10, 2022 - Friday, November 11, 2022