Railways to invest over Rs 10 tn in the next 5 years

December 2019
Railways to invest over Rs 10 tn in the next 5 years

At the recently concluded Excon 2019 in Bengaluru, the 10th edition of South Asia’s leading construction equipment trade fair, an Interactive Session on ‘Construction Equipment Industry: Challenges and Opportunities’ was organised.

In his presentation on the status of Indian construction equipment industry, Dimitrov Krishnan, Vice President, ICEMA & Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Volvo Construction Equipment, said, “The construction equipment industry has seen tremendous investments in infrastructure in the last decade, with about half billion equipment installed, the industry has employed approximately 1.2 billion people. In the next five years, as India is aiming towards a Rs 5 trillion economy, the expected investment in infrastructure would be Rs 100 trillion and equipment requirement will be at least eight times of what it is today and it is expected to generate nine times of the employment. To achieve this, the industry will definitely require help and support from the government. Internally, to accomplish that kind of growth, as an industry, we will be focusing on three major things that include investing in R&D, capacity enhancement and skill building. With the support of all the stakeholders, we are confident that this industry is going to be an able partner to the Government of India to propel this nation from ‘Make in India’ to ‘Building a new India.’

Explaining key Initiatives planned to accelerate growth of Infrastructure to regain market share, SK Mishra, Executive Director (Infra), Ministry of Railways, said, “The government has already taken the decision of allowing 100 per cent FDI in railway infrastructure as a significant policy shift to adopt global best practices of world railways and to attract massive investment from all over the world. There will be a substantial increase in the capital expenditure and Indian Railways would be investing over Rs 10 trillion in the next five years on various projects. Projects include doubling or multiple tracks to decongest saturated network of which 14,000 km work is in progress and targeted to be completed by March 2024. Hundred per cent electrification of broad gauge track is to be completed by December 2021. By March 2023, we will be completing the upgradation of speed to 130 kmph on 18,000 km of busy routes.”

Explaining about major initiatives planed in Karnataka, RK Suryawanshi, RO-Projects, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), said, “Road transport being vital to India’s economy, the infrastructure contributes over 4.7 per cent to the GDP. India’s road network carries over 70 per cent of its freight and 85 per cent of passenger traffic making India the second largest country in the road and highway development industry after the US, and in terms of density, we are at number 16 ahead of the USA. A good road connectivity ensures all round social and economic development of the region. In Karnataka, over 17 projects amounting to Rs 180 billion covering a length of 1,386 km are under implementation by NHAI. Another five projects amounting to Rs 61.16 billion covering a length of 280 km are awarded and the work is likely to be commenced soon during this financial year in Karnataka.”

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