Budget allocation for NFR increases to Rs 1,511 cr

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During a press conference in Guwahati, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) General Manager Anshul Gupta stated that Indian Railways has got the highest-ever total Plan Capex of Rs. 2,15,058 crore. This is much higher than the last year which was Rs. 1, 61,042 crore. Out of this, the gross budget allocation for NFR for 2021-22 is Rs 8,060 crore which is again much higher than last year which was Rs. 6,549 crore, notified the GM.

Gross Budgetary Allocation in 2021-22 is 238% more than the average of 2009-14, which was Rs 3,383 Crore per year.

The GM informed, “Adequate fund has been allotted for capital connectivity to North Eastern states by March, 2023, faster connectivity on NE Region by doubling of High Density Network (HDN) sections along with Electrification of entire network for seamless connectivity. GPS based Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) in High Density Networks (HDN) and Highly Utilized Networks (HUN) routes of NFR for ensuring safety of train movement was sanctioned in Budget 2020-21 and it has been sanctioned for remaining sections in this year’s Budget. With the introduction of this system, speed of the trains is monitored by the system and Automatic Braking applied if Loco Pilot crosses the speed limits or passes a signal at danger. Automatic Block Signaling (ABS) and Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) for HDN routes of NFR are also sanctioned in the Budget.”

To provide better travel experience in NE region, aesthetically designed Vista Dome LHB coach will be introduced on tourist routes after consulting with the respective state government.

Work for complete electrification of NFR routes is ongoing as per Indian Railway policy. Work for Electrification is already complete in 451 RKM in NFR and electrification work is being carried in 770 RKM section in NFR to be completed by August 2021. Work in remaining 2962 RKM is planned to be completed by March, 2024.