The Ministry of Railways has suspended all new/umbrella works included in the ‘Pink Book’ in 2020-21 in view of the unprecedented fall in revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that brought passenger train operations to a grinding halt.
Modernisation, upgradation of passenger amenities, station development and other non-safety work to the tune of a few thousand crores have been placed in abeyance, sources in the Railways said on Wednesday.
In a note to the General Managers of Zonal Railways, Production Units and other major establishments, the Railway Board said works which impact the safe running of trains and considered “essential and inescapable” may be considered for execution. Moreover, the essentiality of such works would be examined by top officials of the Board for clearance.
Works that were approved last year (2019-20) but made insignificant physical progress would also be frozen until further orders, except those which were essentially required for the safe operation of trains.