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Articles By S Sriraman

Emphasis on Consolidation in Railway Budget (2014-15)

The Railway Budget for 2014-15 prudently lays emphasis on consolidation rather than succumbing to the temptation to announce new projects. The railways enjoy a competitive advantage in long distance movement which is what they should focus on. At the same time the proposal to start preliminary work on select high-speed rail corridors for passenger traffi c is not advisable.

India Transport Report

The National Transport Development Policy Committee report, which has been published as the India Transport Report, was expected to take a holistic view of the transport sector. It succeeds partially at best and a sensible person's response to the report has to be mixed. While some of its unrealistic recommendations can be sidestepped, governments at all levels need to act quickly on those that affect users of the system in terms of affordability, reliability, and, above all, safety.

Railway Budget 2010-11: Towards Vision 2020?

The railway budget for 2 010-11 begins with an attempt to incorporate a long-term vision. However, a serious reading of the document does not refl ect this, since short-term gains are sought to be achieved with very little effort to reform the system in terms of tariff rebalancing, especially on the passenger front, and prioritisation of projects.

Indian Railways on a Fast Track

A close look at the Railway Budget 2008-09 to understand the real success achieved and a highlighting of some matters of concern. The complementary nature of the relationship between the two main modes of transportation, rail and road, needs to be promoted in a much more significant way if efficiency and environmental concerns are to be met. The road map set out for the next five years seems to provide a clear framework for action and implementation.

Are the Railways Reforming?

The emphasis on better utilisation of existing capacity in the Indian railways has obviously come to stay, though the railway budget of 2006-07 also outlines investment possibilities that are to be tapped. What will be crucial is the ability of the railways to increase their share of freight traffic over a period of time, even as areas in the passenger segment require review and consolidation. The budget gives the impression that the organisation might soon emerge from the chaotic situation in which it has been for a long time.