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Higher capital expenditure outlay for the railways (increased by 11.8 per cent from 2017v18 and 22.1 per cent from 2017v18) at Rs 1.46 lakh crore to support infrastructure projects. Of this, the budgetary allocation from the government stands at Rs 53,060 crore (up from Rs 40,000 crore in 2017v18, and marginally lower than 2017v18).
Hitachi and its subsidiary company, Ansaldo, are engaged with the Indian Railways on many platforms. We will be introducing state-of-the-art technology in signalling and telecommunications on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) from Delhi to Mumbai.
Rail modernisation requires technology, and much of this is already available today in the private sector. The Railways has identified several investment areas for private players.
Besides the need for enhancing capacity which is being met through major capital works like the DFC project, investment in rolling stock, providing improved terminal access, and improvements and investment in the last leg connectivity between the rail network and the cargo loading and unloading points are likely to be key areas that will need to be addressed through various policy initiatives of the Railways.
Modernisation and technology go hand-in-hand, and clearly Indian Railways understands that. Its technology division, CRIS, has created several modules and technologies, many of which the Railways has not implemented in a standardised way.