Railway Opportunities in India

An Expert's View about Passenger Rail Transport in India

Posted on: 5 Oct 2010

As a part of it vision for the future, IR is attempting a shift from its traditional approach of bottleneck removal to creation of infrastructure ahead of requirement.

Sector briefing Railway Opportunities in India Why India? Indian Railways (IR) is the biggest state-owned public utility and is currently the fourth largest in the world after US; China and Russia. India is one of the world?s fastest- growing markets. As a part of it vision for the future, IR is attempting a shift from its traditional approach of bottleneck removal to creation of infrastructure ahead of requirement. Initiatives like construction of new lines, gauge conversion, doubling of lines, ?Indian Railways is and enhancing the rolling stock manufacturing capacity for locomotives and coaches are high attempting a shift from its on its agenda. New Greenfield manufacturing traditional approach of units for diesel and electrical locomotives, bottleneck removal to coaches, electric multiple units (EMUs), wheel and axles have been planned. creation of infrastructure ahead of requirement? Find general information on Indian market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for India gives an overview of India?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in India platform connectivity is through foot over- Opportunities bridges which are often inadequate, lack of sustainable waste management practices leads Opportunities for UK railway companies in to severe congestion on platforms. India are growing - key areas are detailed below: Besides these functional inadequacies, most of the stations have not been built with any Dedicated Freight Corridors architectural or aesthetic consideration and as a result act as a poor introduction to the cities The dedicated freight corridor (DFC) project is they serve. the biggest infrastructure project of the Indian railways. It was conceived mainly due to IR has identified 50 stations to develop into capacity constraints faced by the existing world class stations with international level network. facilities. The Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) and its The master plan has been prepared for the diagonals constitute only 16 per cent of the development of New Delhi railway station total railway network, carrying 52 per cent of though it still needs approval from various local the passenger traffic and 58 per cent of the authorities. For Mumbai and Patna studies have freight traffic. been commissioned for the development of a master plan and feasibility report. IR has The project envisages construction of dedicated issued RFP for the appointment of consultants freight lines along the eastern and western for Secunderabad, Kolkata ? Howrah Station, sides of India, covering 3358 km through 7 Anand Vihar ? New Delhi and Chennai. states Port connectivity projects Japanese ODA assistance for Western DFC project was sanctioned for the first loan of £18 Rail Vikas Nigam Limited has been mandated million GBP for engagement of Engineering to undertake capacity augmentation works and Services Consultancy services for phase-1 rail-port connectivity projects. (Rewari-Vadodara section). For the remaining portion of Western DFC i.e. Phase-II, (Mumbai Rail-port connectivity projects cover doubling to Vadodra and Revari to Dadri) preparatory of existing single line port linkages, gauge survey has been commenced by JICA conversion, provision of new rail lines to ports consultants in November 2009. and also railway electrification. In the case of Eastern Dedicated Freight Rolling stock Corridor, Asian Development Bank (ADB) sanctioned a Project Preparation Grant of £1 The coach manufacturing capacity at the million GBP for Khurja-Ludhiana section and Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, and Rail ADB did the feasibility studies. Coach Factory, Kapurthala would be augmented to 1500 per annum each. Redevelopment of Stations New coach manufacturing units at Rai Bareli In India, many of the railway stations located (1000 coaches per annum), Palghat (600 in major metropolitan cities individually handle coaches per annum) and Kanchrapara (500 more passengers than the combined numbers electric multiple unit [EMU] / [MEMU] / [DEMU] handled by all airports of the country put coaches) would be commissioned. together. The stations are inadequately designed and equipped to handle such a large High horse power (HP) locomotives (4500 ? multitudes of passengers. 6000 against 3000 ? 3300 HP) would be developed for heavy haul freight and high They do not provide easy access or speed passenger services. comfortable experience prior to boarding or after disembarkation from trains. Good quality Use of alternative fuels, such as 10 percent waiting space and modern shopping or retail, blending of bio-diesel, compressed natural gas, pertinent to passengers? need is largely absent. fuel cells and hydrogen fuel, would be In addition, street level access is generally explored. restricted to one or two end platforms; inter- UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in India Freight Terminals UK/European companies in India A policy is under finalisation to facilitate rapid Most of the UK companies present in India in development of a network of freight terminals the railway sector are engineering consultancy with private investment to provide efficient and companies. For example: Mott MaDonald, Scott cost effective logistics services. Freight Wilson, Arup and Halcrow who have terminals can be Greenfield facilities developed undertaken projects ranging from designing of by private parties on private land or brownfield stations to detailed project reports. facilities, that is, existing private sidings/container terminals on private land, In addition, we have companies like Trellerborg which can be permitted to be converted to and Pandrol that supply specialised products to private freight terminals under the provisions the Indian railways. of the proposed policy. Recently, Bombardier has set up a facility in High Speed Rail Corridors Gujarat to manufacture coaches for metro rail. Six corridors have been identified for technical If you have any questions on the opportunities studies on setting up of High Speed Rail above, contact the UKTI India Railway contacts Corridors. These are: named in this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added ¾ Delhi ? Chandigarh ? Amritsar daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are ¾ Pune ? Mumbai ? Ahmedabad sourced by our staff overseas in British ¾ Hyderabad ? Dornakal ? Vijayawada ? Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, Chennai across all sectors and in over 100 markets. ¾ Howrah ? Haldia ¾ Chennai ? Bangalore ? Coimbatore ? You can be alerted to India/railways Ernakulam opportunities on a regular basis by registering ¾ Delhi ? Agra ? Lucknow ? Varanasi ? on the UKTI website. More on UKTI?s business Patna opportunities service It is estimated that to modernise Indian Rail and bring it up to international standards, over £ 125.82 billion in investments would be required. Metro - Rail Most major cities are planning to upgrade and extend existing Metros or develop these if they do not exist. In addition to execution and running the operation of Delhi Metro, Delhi Metro has a Consultancy role in developing new metros and assessing their viability. The following operations are in planning: ¾ Delhi Metro extensions ¾ Mumbai Urban Transport Plan ? new and enhanced lines ¾ Bangalore Metro ¾ Hyderabad Metro ¾ Chennai Metro ¾ Kolkata Metro ? New line and extension of existing UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in India Major events and activities UKTI contacts Find full details of all India railway sector Mukul Verma events on the UKTI website Senior Trade & Investment Adviser www.ukti.gov.uk. New export events are added British High Commission, India daily to the site and you can register to be Tel: (0091 11) 2419 2514 alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly Email: Mukul.Verma@fco.gov.uk basis. Isha Agarwal UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) Trade & Investment Adviser provides grant support for eligible Small & British High Commission, India Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend Tel: (0091 11) 2419 2378 trade shows overseas. Find out more about Email: Isha.Agarwal@fco.gov.uk UKTI support for attendance at overseas events Derek Griffiths Head, Rail Sector UK Trade & Investment London Tel: 00 44 (0) 207 215 4773 E-mail: Derek.Griffiths@ukti.gsi.gov.uk UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in India Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Chinese market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in China, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in the Chinese market. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Railway opportunities in India
Posted: 05 October 2010

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