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Jan 10, 2021

Year Ender-2020: Indian Railways

The News Services Division brings glimpses of "The Year that was" in our Special Series Year Ender-2020. COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest story of the year and India has seen the fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Indian Railways is called the lifeline of the nation. It not only transports passengers and goods but also plays an instrumental role in the development of the country. Almost all Indians are directly and indirectly connected to the rail. According to the growing needs of New India, Railways is continuously taking the country forward on the path of growth by providing consistent, efficient, accessible and world class services. During the last year, Indian Railways faced unprecedented challenges due to Covid-19 pandemic. But, Railways turned this challenge into an opportunity by providing seamless supply of essential goods across the country and moving millions of people back to their homes during the lockdown period.

Railways gave a new thrust to development through infrastructure development and network expansion in the last one year. A National Rail Plan has been prepared with the objective of developing infrastructure by the year 2030 to meet future requirements of Railways. Under this, major focus will be laid on multi tracking of 14 thousand kilometre of route, electrification of the entire rail network, upgrading the speed of trains on important routes and completion of ports’ connectivity. Electrification of Railways’ lines is being given top priority to transform India into a green nation. 66 per cent of tracks have already been electrified and Railways aims to complete electrification of its entire broad-gauge network by 2023. Railways has achieved a major goal by installing Bio-Toilets in the coaches. Kisan Rail Services have been started across the nation to enable farmers to send their produce in a rapid manner with low cost. Apart from this, Indian Railways is giving priority to the safety of the passengers. There has been a significant reduction in railway accidents in the last few years and no passenger has died in railway accidents since April 2019. Apart from this, initiatives like Meri Saheli have also been initiated for the safety of women passengers.

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