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CCI approves policy allowing private participation in Rail connectivity projects

Posted on Nov 23, 04:49PM | UNI

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) today approved a proposal for a policy framework allowing private participation in rail connectivity and capacity augmentation projects.

The policy contains five models -- Non-Government Railway, Joint Venture with equity participation by Railways, capacity augmentation through funding by customers, BOT and BOT annuity.

Later, two (BOT and BOT annuity) will follow the existing appraisal and approval procedure laid down by Ministry of Finance through PPP-AC route.

The model agreements will be prepared for all these models.

First-mile and last-mile and inter-connecting lines for the entire freight commodity basket would be covered under the policy.

The policy would provide much-needed impetus for building of critical missing in railway network and evacuation from ports, mines, big industrial units and plants.

The policy framework and the private participation models for rail-connectivity and capacity augmentation projects suggested would facilitate speedy execution of rail connectivity projects.

This will give a boost to industrial development of the country and significantly enhance freight traffic of railways.

The policy framework proposed would encourage speedy execution of rail connectivity projects and thereby generate both direct and indirect employment, besides spurring growth of freight - intensive industries. This would contribute to economic growth of the country.

It would also bring out the synergy of public private partnership and help railways in significantly increasing their freight volumes and the industries to benefit from efficient rail transport.

A transparent framework has been suggested to remove ambiguity regarding the manner in which projects are to be structured and executed. Zonal railways can be held accountable for results, an official note said.