CAG report tabled in Parliament: “Punctuality drops, trains take longer”

“Even with a low reference threshold and a higher threshold, the punctuality of mail / express trains on IR increased from 79% (2012-13) to 69.23% (2018-19) also at the arrival stations uniquely”

The CAG also said that Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited could not fully utilize World Bank funds resulting in the payment of avoidable commitment fees of Rs 16 crore.

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) audit found that amid little improvement in average speeds, train journey times have increased in recent years and overall train punctuality has declined.

“Even with a low reference threshold and a higher threshold, the punctuality of mail / express trains on IR increased from 79% (2012-13) to 69.23% (2018-19) also at the arrival stations only,” filed a report. in Parliament on Wednesday said.

The report pointed out that compared to other countries, Indian Railways has the most lenient benchmark in punctuality measurement. A train delayed up to 15 minutes is considered punctual, while in countries like the UK, Germany, Russia and others, the threshold is much stricter.

The report states, “Indian Railways, despite investing Rs 2.5 lakh crore in track infrastructure in 2008-2019, failed to improve mobility outcomes. The Raftaar mission introduced in 2016-17 targeted an average speed of 50 km/h for mail/express and 75 km/h for freight trains by 2021-22. The observed average speed of mail/express and freight trains through 2019-2020, however, was still around 50.6 km/h and 23.6 km/h, respectively. He also said that 123 of the 478 ultra-fast trains were traveling at speeds below the specified 55 km/h.

“Six major internal critical factors contributing to 66% of total train detention have been identified as controllable. Indian Railways has no guaranteed delivery time for dispatching goods…due to unscheduling of the operation of freight trains,” he said.

Impressed with the railways new zero-based timetable, prepared in conjunction with IIT Bombay, listeners said the new timetable would be able to meet punctuality targets. He also said that with the new timetable, it is possible to achieve 100% punctuality on the New Delhi-Howrah route, which is the busiest of the railways.

The CAG also noted that CONCOR, a railway PSU, suffered a loss to the tune of Rs 86 crore in its decision to opt for an Advanced Fright Scheme in March 2019, without proper cost-benefit analysis, after paying to the railways of iron an advanced freight of Rs 3000. crore. Now the audit said that CONCOR’s estimate that in the financial year 2019-2020 it will end up paying Rs 4,500 in freight and that the advance freight program will protect it from rising freight rates. cargo that year was “misplaced”.

The CAG also said that Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited could not fully utilize World Bank funds resulting in the payment of avoidable commitment fees of Rs 16 crore. He also indicated that the progress of the project has been affected due to a delay in the awarding of contracts.

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