News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Updated Sat, 19 Dec 2020 02:12 AM IST
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Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said that in order to achieve this goal, a draft has been prepared in the direction of development of railway infrastructure. In this draft, demand assessment of more than 100 locations and traffic growth forecasts by 2030 on a year-on-year basis.
He said that the final draft of the National Rail Scheme is ready and soon it will be sent to the concerned parties to get their views. After this we will be able to finalize it in a month’s time. As part of the plan, we are aiming to increase our share of freight from the current 27 percent to 45 percent by 2030. The chairman of the Railway Board said that the railway is about to complete 20 additional projects involving coal mines and by December 2023, 146 projects of railway electrification will be completed.
He informed that the Railways have suffered a great loss in the Corona period. Last year, about 53 thousand crore rupees were earned from passenger trains, while this time, only 4500 crores have been earned so far. There has been an 87 per cent decline in earnings from passenger trains.
Also, the railways have earned less than Rs 9000 crore in freight traffic. In fact, the railways have suffered heavy losses this year due to the corona virus, as most passenger trains remained closed and freight was also heavily affected in lockdown.