Date of Post: 20 Nov, 2018
Railways is planning to build 3,000 km of walls to fence its tracks and ward off trespassers in residential areas, according to a report. The reinforced cement concrete walls will be 2.7 metres high and will be built along railway tracks that are flanked by residential areas in suburban and non-suburban areas, the report said.
- The project is estimated to cost Rs 2,500 crore, The Indian Express reported.
- Vishwesh Chaube, Member (Engineer), Railway Board said,“This will prevent trespassing as well as cattle straying into the tracks in areas which are vulnerable.”
- Initially, the zonal railways had planned to build 2,000 km of walls in certain areas identified as problematic.
- The work was estimated to cost about Rs 650 crore and was to be funded by the RRSK (Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh).
- But after the Amritsar incident last month, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reportedly took the decision to extend the wall coverage to 3,000 km.
- Chaube said,“The new project is over and above what we have been working on this year.”
- Tenders have been floated and are likely to be finalised in December, officials said.
- In order to obtain safety clearance for train speeds of 160 kmph, rail tracks need to be fenced or walled, the CRS (Commission of Railway Safety) stipulates.
- Walls along tracks have become necessary as more stretches are set to get a speed upgrade.
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