Railways says key projects doubled since 2009-14, lists 28 imp works finished in 2019-20

Indian railways on Thursday released an account of infrastructure development carried out in the year 2019-20 including the laying of 562 km length of new tracks, electrification of 5,782 kms of existing routes and 90% utilization of the railway budget translating into a capital expenditure of Rs 1,46,507 crore with the aim to become the growth engine of the country. The national transporter added that the last financial year saw renewed thrust for infrastructure development of world’s largest railway network.

According to official account given by the railways ministry, new line, doubling and gauge conversion in the past financial year increased to 2,226 km, which is nearly 50% more than the average annual commissioning of 1,520 km/year achieved during the five year period between 2009 and 2014- when the Congress lead UPA was in power. The expenditure on new line, gauge conversion and doubling projects in the last fiscal has been Rs 39,836 crore, which is the highest ever in the history of Indian Railways, it said.

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