200 railway maintenance projects of critical importance completed during lockdown

Infrastructure Transport

The Indian Railways appears to have availed the opportunity provided by suspension of passenger services owing to the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 to execute more than 200 long-pending maintenance works, including yard remodelling, repair and re-girdering of old bridges, doubling and electrification of rail lines and renewal of scissor crossovers. Pending for several years, these unfinished projects often confronted Indian Railways as bottlenecks.

The works taken up to remove bottlenecks and enhance safety include 82 rebuilding or rehabilitation of bridges, 48 limited height subways or road under-bridges in lieu of level crossing gate, 16 constructing or strengthening of foot-over-bridges, 14 dismantling of old foot-over-bridges, seven launching of road over-bridges, five ya