The Indian Railways will get a capital expenditure boost of Rs 2.45 lakh crore in the financial year 2022-23, which is 14% more than the current financial year’s scheduled capital expenditure of Rs 2.15 lakh crore. The funding will be used to construct railway lines, wagons, and trains, as well as electrification, signaling, and station development, with an emphasis on safety. “Railways will focus on innovation and effective transportation assistance for local producers and micro-enterprises, as well as leading the incorporation of postal and railway channels to provide streamlined alternatives for the mobility of packages,” the Finance Minister said in her 2022 Budget presentation.
She said that in 2022-23, 2,000 kilometres of the network would be placed under Kavach, an indigenous world-class technology for safety and capacity expansion. In the financial year 2022-23, the yearly expenditure would be covered by budgetary support of around Rs 1.40 lakh crore, compared to revised budgetary assistance of Rs 1.17 lakh crore in the previous financial year. In fiscal year 2022-23, the railroads plan to transport 8,595 million passengers, over 2.5 times the previous year’s total. It has set a goal of transporting 1,475 million tonnes of cargo in fiscal 2022-23. For fiscal year 2023, India Railways has set a revenue goal of Rs 2.39 lakh crore, up 18 percent from fiscal year 2021-22.
Vande Bharat trains might cost somewhere between Rs 40,000 and Rs 60,000 crore
Some of the highlights of the Budget include a plan to roll out 400 Vande Bharat trains over the next three years, solutions to create new goods, and efficient logistics services for small farmers and small and medium businesses. In January, the media predicted that the Budget may see Vande Bharat Express expand and reveal new creative boxes to cater to small-scale enterprises as the public transporter strives to increase its share of domestic freight transit.
Developing Gati Shakti goods terminals and implementing Kavach, a safety and signaling system, to span over 2,000 kilometers are two of the main topics that came from the Budget statements. Experts predict that 400 Vande Bharat would cost about Rs 60,000 crore to build. Steel, aluminum, electricals, and electronics items, among other things, would see increased demand as a result of the change. “The vendor base for underframe propulsion systems at Vande Bharat needs to be extended. Within India, there is only one provider of the underframe propulsion system, and outside vendors have the potential to deliver promptly,” according to another official.
Kavach, a safety and signaling system, will cost Rs 1 crore per kilometer to set up, with the railroads wanting to concentrate on their primary business on the ground. The Railway Minister congratulated the Prime Minister for a bigger spending for the railroads after the Budget was published. “Railways will introduce new products and services for small farmers and small enterprises,” he tweeted, adding that “Integration of posts and railways will bring better logistics solutions for people living in remote areas”
Cargo emerges from the shadow of the pandemic
Faced with difficult conditions on the passenger transportation front as a result of the epidemic, the railroads have focused on gaining a larger percentage of the total freight handled in the nation. The Indian Railways have already made a profit of Rs 1.15 lakh crore this fiscal year, which is over 24% more than the same time last year.
The pandemic has hurt passenger sector revenues for the second year in a row. The railroads have only achieved Rs 28,000 crore in the passenger sector in over ten months of this fiscal, which is half of the estimated objective for the financial year 2021-22. Historically, freight transportation has provided the railroads with a bigger portion of their earnings. When the single biggest people mover’s activities were interrupted due to a pandemic, this pattern was amplified.
Operating ratio of railroads is set to be 96.98 in 2022-23
The operating ratio for fiscal year 2022-23 is projected to be 96.98, down from 98.93 this year. However, there was a snag in the prior years’ figure of operation ratios, notably in the financial year 2021-22. The railroads’ operating ratio—a measure of profitability—worsened and surpassed 100 for two consecutive financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21, owing to a drop in income on one hand and high employee and pension expenditures on the other. This signifies that the transporter spent more than Rs 100 for every Rs 100 earned.
Kisan Rails also gets a boost as cargo expands
Despite financial difficulties, despite the pandemic, and to some part supported by empty train lines, the Indian Railways handled all types of freight in the previous two years, from coal to cement to fly-ash to automobiles to containers and parcel cargo.
It also used its Kisan Rail to transport agricultural goods, particularly perishable commodities like vegetables and fruits, with the Food Processing Ministry footing a portion of the bill to make train rides for fresh food more affordable. During the terrible second pandemic wave, the railroads also came to the country’s rescue by transporting oxygen expresses at a time when numerous states were running out of medical oxygen.
Disclaimer: This blog is exclusively for educational purposes and does not provide any advice/tips on investment or recommend buying and selling any stock.