Western Railway workers say they could not afford the high costs of running trains in the winter.
Railway age, railway man, Western Railway worker, rail source The Times of India title How Western Railway lost millions of dollars to the railways article Railways that run in winter tend to be in poorer shape than those that run during the summer, according to a report released this week by the Federation of Indian Railways.
The report, based on the most recent annual report of the Indian Rail Budget, found that the railways had to spend about Rs 2,500 crore in the past financial year for operations and maintenance, and that most of that money had to be spent on operating costs.
The railway budget for the current financial year, which ends March 31, is about Rs 3,000 crore, said the report by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The report says that railways have to cover operating costs such as salaries, maintenance, food, fuel, and fuel expenses.
This money is often spent on infrastructure projects, such as tracks and stations.
In the last financial year of the government, the railways spent Rs 1,932 crore on infrastructure spending.
However, the report says, that figure was down from Rs 2.9 lakh crore the previous year and the railways has to pay the railways about Rs 5,000 per kilometre for the cost of these infrastructure projects.
The report also said that railroads spend an average of Rs 1.8 crore for operations in winter.
In contrast, the government spends Rs 2 crore per kilometer for operations during the winter season.
While there are several ways that the railway industry is able to cover these costs, it is possible that the current level of spending is unsustainable, the federation said in its report.
According to the report, railways spent around Rs 10,000 each kilometre in the last fiscal, a figure that is down from the Rs 15,000 in the previous fiscal.
“The rail industry has to work on a constant basis in order to provide for maintenance and upgrade,” said an official of the railways, requesting anonymity.
There are many ways in which the railways can meet their expenses, the official said, adding that the government had set aside a fund of Rs 500 crore to be used for this purpose.
As of March 31 this year, there were nearly 3.6 million railway employees in the country.