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Narendra Modi plans to spend Rs8.5 lakh crore to rebuild India’s railways by 2019

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In his first budget speech, India’s railway minister Suresh Prabhu, largely staying away from populism, focused on the difficult job of turning around the gargantuan transportation network.

Underlining a “vicious cycle of under-investment,” Prabhu explained that his strategy would be to improve capacity on the railway’s existing networks before drawing up more ambitious growth plans.

As a part of this, the Narendra Modi-led government wants to invest Rs8.5 lakh crore ($138 billion) between now and 2019 on critical projects to rebuild the railway’s ageing infrastructure, introduce new technology and improve passenger amenities.

Here’s the list of where that money is planned to be spent:

Proposed investmentsCost (in Rs crore)
Network decongestion (including dedicated freight corridors, electrification, doubling)1,99,320
Network expansion (including electrification)1,93,000
Safety (track renewal, bridges, signalling and telecom)1,27,000
Rolling stock (locomotives, coaches, wagons)1,02,000
Station redevelopment and logistic parks1,00,000
High speed rail and elevated corridor65,000
National projects (North Eastern and Kashmir connectivity projects)39,000
Passenger amenities12,500
Information technology and research5,000
Other projects13,200

Also read: From clean toilets to designer bed linen, what Suresh Prabhu promised in his first rail budget

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