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Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia and the world’s second largest under one management .
Criss-crossing the country’s vast geographical spread.
1. 1 lakh track kilometres
2. 300 yards
3. 2300 goodsheds
4. 700 repair shops.
1. 8300 locomotives
2. 39,000 coaching vehicles .
3. 3.5 lakh freight wagons.
1. 1.65 million.
2. It runs some 11,000 trains everyday, including 7,000 passenger trains.
Freight traffic on Indian Railways has registered an impressive growth in the last four decades.
Increase in the last few years have been particularly striking.
YEAR MILLION TONNES INCREASE
(of originating freight traffic)
1992-1993 376 304% ( /|\ )
NOTE: This has been despite the ever increasing pressure of passenger traffic which increased during
the same period from 1.28 billion passengers carried to 4.2 billion.
The outlook for 2000 AD is an increase of another 63% in freight and 60% in passenger traffic.
Harnessing the potential of these vast and widespread assets to
meet the growing traffic needs of developing economy is not an easy task and
makes IR a complex cybernetic system. Over the years, Railways have built
up an elaborate and well established manual information system to help them
monitoring their moving assets. Supported by a dedicated voice
communications network, it collects and transmits information from the remotest
corners of the country to control centres, at the highest level. The size
and complexity of their operations, growing traffic and changing technologies,
placed inevitably a heavy burden on this manual information system. Need
for its modernisation was therefore felt for sometime.
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