The Rail Market in India - 2013

 

India’s huge railway network continues to develop in response to the country’s economic growth. Programmes to upgrade the existing system include track doubling, electrification, gauge conversion and station improvements. Work has now started on two Dedicated Freight Corridors, major schemes intended to shift large volumes of rail freight away from already congested lines and boost the country’s potential in this sector. Containerisation is also playing an increasingly important role.
 
Looking further ahead, studies continue into possible routes for the introduction of high-speed rail to the sub-continent, while at the opposite end of the passenger sector, investments are being made to increase capacity for commuter services in principal cities.
 
There are also developments in traction and rolling stock technology, with the government aiming to balance its goal of self-sufficiency with the adoption of best international practice.
 
This report outlines the structure of Indian Railways, including key statistical data, and provides website contact points for the 17 zonal railways that form the network. Budget provisions for 2013-14 and longer term development plans are summarised.
 
Also listed are rail-based urban transit systems and projects in 17 of India’s major cities, where there are significant developments aimed at providing mobility and reducing traffic congestion. Key characteristics and the status and estimated cost of each project are outlined.
 
In addition, a summary of principal rail industry suppliers based in India is included.
 
Website URLs are included through the report to assist further research. 
 
The Rail Market in India – 2013 is aimed at any organisation seeking a concise overview of the country’s expanding rail and urban transit market, providing an easy-access guide to its structure, projects and plans.