SWR gets highest ever allocation of Rs 3,245 crore in budget 2021-22

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South Western Railway (SWR) is set to complete 2 key existing projects Yalahanka – Penukonda & Arsikere – Tumkur by Mar. 2022. Substantial Increase in allocations to doubling (178 %) road safety works Level crossings (67% ) passenger amenities (25% ) compared to Last Year.

  • SWR to spend a record Rs.3,245 Cr. in the ensuing financial year o­n capital expenditure includes EBR (IF) -Rs.881 Cr and EBR(IRFC)-Rs.137 Cr.
  • Total grant to SWR increased by Rs.536 Cr. i.e 20 % over last year.
  • Highest ever Budget grant of Rs. 4468 Cr.  which is higher than that of last year by  12 % ( with Rs.1,223 Cr. expected as deposit from Govt of Karnataka towards New lines and ROB/RUB).
  • In a paradigm shift, Railways will be focusing on  completion of priority projects quickly.
  • Budget 2021 is Part of the National Rail Plan and making Railways Future ready.
  • Budgetary Grant (BG) under major plan heads:
Plan Head BG 2020-21 (in Rs. Cr.) BG 2021-22 (in Rs. Cr.) % increase
15 Doubling 85 {1040 including EBR (IF) & EBR (IRFC) } 236 {1254 including EBR (IF) & EBR (IRFC) } 178%
29 Road Safety Works -Level Crossings 21 35 67%
30 Safety   Road Over/Under Bridges 158 174 10%
31 Track Renewals 410 480 17%
32 Bridge works 20 30 50%
33 Signal and Telecommunication  Works 23 69 200%
36 Other Electrical Works 5 17 240%
41 Machinery & Plant 24 32 33%
53 Passenger Amenities 122 153 25%
Total Budget Grant 1754 2227 27%
EBR-IF 795 881 11%
  • Budget Grant for the year 2021-22 for important o­ngoing works:
Plan Head Section Proposed outlay 2021-22 (In Rs. Cr)
New Line Rayadurg – Tumkur via Kalyandurg (213 Km) 250
Bagalkot-Kudachi (142 Km) 25
Tumkur-Chitradurg-Davangere (199 Km) 100
Gadag – Wadi(252 Km) 100
Shivamogga-Shikaripura-Ranebennur (103 Km) 100
Belagavi-Dharwad via Kittur (73Km) 50
Doubling Hospet-Hubballi-Londa-Tinaighat-Vasco-da-Gama 365
Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag 165
Yalahanka-Penukonda 160
Hubli – Chikjajur 336
Arsikere-Tumkur 47
Yesvantpur-Channasandra 71
Penukonda-Dharmavaram 10
Baiyyappanahalli-Hosur 80
Quadrupling Bengaluru -Whitefield 78
Development of coaching depot at Koteganguru 12
Traffic Facilities Bangalore Division – 3rd coaching terminal at Baiyyappannahalli 31
Naganahalli – Development of satellite terminal 20
  • Important New Works Sanctioned are as under:
Pink Book item No. Track Renewals Sanctioned Cost
365 South Western Railway – Primary Track Renewal namely TRR & TSR (Umbrella Work 2021-22) 99.66
366 South Western Railway – Complete Track Renewal (Primary) (Umbrella Work 2021-22) 63.63
367 South Western Railway – Through Fastening renewal , Through Ballast renewal, Through Formation Treatment, ISD, TBTR and Through Weld Renewal etc. (Umbrella Work 2021-22) 173.45
368 South Western Railway – Through Turnout Renewal, Renewal of SEJs, Glued Joints etc. (Umbrella Work 2021-22) 59.43
369 South Western Railway – Secondary Track Renewal namely CTR, TRR & TSR (Umbrella Work 2021-22) 69.80
Bridge Works
393 South Western Railway – Repl of girders / slabs, rehabilitation / strengthening of sub-structure & super structure, rebuilding of bridges, bridge protection works, instrumentation & monitoring of bridges, addl waterway and protection work at vulnerable cutting locations (Umbrella Work 2021-22) 100
Other Works
424 Repl / maintenance works of general services over Indian Railways (Umbrella Work 2021-22)over IR 30
Acquisition of CNC surface wheel lathe  at Bengaluru, SGT 83.9
  • Budget Grant for the year 2021-22 for important o­ngoing Electrification works is as under:
Section BG * ( In Rs. Cr)
Hospet-Hubli-Vasco da Gama (346 km) 85
Miraj – Londa(189 km) 80.14
Birur – Talguppa (161 km) 43.89
Bengaluru – Omalur via Hosur (196 km) 20
Hospet – Swamihalli (59 km) 14.72
Mysuru-Hassan-Mangalore (347 km) Incl. Arsikere – Hassan 112.32
Mysuru – Chamarajanagar (61 km) 17.83
Chikbanavar- Hassan (166 km) 50.06
Kadur – Chikmagaluru (46 km) 5.89
Chikjajuru – Ballari (184 km) 30
Bangarapet – Yelahanka (149) 32.33

Highlights:

  • SWR received a total budget grant of Rs. 3,245 Cr. from the Ministry of Railways  (including  EBR (IF),EBR(IRFC) etc. ),which is the highest ever grant , after formation of the zone in 2003.
  • Bengaluru Suburban:
    • Under pink book of Northern Railway, budget grant of Rs.800 Cr. has been set aside for “Equity infusion into joint ventures (with state governments)”. Presently two JVs are executing major projects – o­ne in Haryana of project cost of Rs. 5000 Cr. plus and o­ne in Karnataka of Rs. .18000 Cr.+ The project in Karnataka is   Bengaluru Suburban being executed by KRIDE, a joint venture of Ministry of Railways and State Government of Karnataka. For this project which minimum   of Rs 300 Cr will be allotted by Ministry of Railways. Equivalent Amount from Government of Karnataka is also expected apart from loans from market.
    • As emphasized by Hon’ble MR in last review meeting of Bengaluru  Suburban project, this is o­ne of the top most priority projects of Railways , will be given tremendous thrust and  any amount of capital will be pumped into the project as per requirement and pace of work.
  • 105 Km of doubling completed and 66 Km planned this year. 203 Km doubling targeted in 2021-22
  • 110 Rkm of electrification completed and 309 Rkm planned this year. 849 Rkm targeted in 2021-22.
  • Along with these major Projects, for the convenience of Public, SWR has constructed 6 ROBs and 31 RUBs.  SWR is set to complete 3 more ROB and 10 RUB/Subways this year which will help public.
  • Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR opined that this budget is historic, considering the huge investment for creating Railways in accordance with National Rail Plan.  He said that several o­ngoing infrastructure works will get impetus with 20% increased allotment.

Source: South Western Railway-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): South Western Railway

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