New Delhi, Oct 24: Ministry of Railways has included 77 doubling, 4 new line and 1 gauge conversion project in Railway Budget 2015-16.
The projects were included primarily with a viewpoint to create additional carrying capacity. Fast tracking of these projects was need of the hour so as to reap benefits of the projects as soon as possible.
According to officials, Out of 77 doubling projects sanctioned in this year, detailed project reports of 73 doubling projects has been prepared and received in Railway Board.
Examination and scrutiny of DPR in Railway Ministry has been fast tracked by forming committee of concerned officers for this purpose instead of examination from table to table by individual officer, they said.
Request for ‘In Principle Approval’ (IPA) of NITI Aayog is being sent after DPR is examined in Railway Board. As many as 15 IPA have been received from NITI Aayog. Out of these 15 IPAs, 4 projects which cost more than Rs.1000 cr. are being sent to CCEA for approval, they added.
To obviate delays further, Railways are now being advised to invite tenders immediately after a DPR is sent to NITI Aayog for IPA without waiting for approval, the officials said. Adding tis has effectively reduced tender calling period from 2 years after inclusion of a project in Pink Book to 6-9 months.