Current Route Length of Indian Railways

Indian Railway is World’s fourth largest railway US, Russia and China. It carried some 23 million passengers everyday and around 1060 million tonnes of freight in a year. As on 31.03.2011, the route length of Indian Railways covered 64,460 kms. with running track length of 87,040 kms. The total trackage including yards, sidings etc. stood at 113,993 kms. The table below shows the changing size of IR’s rail network over the years.

State –Union Territory wise Route Kilometers

In India, the largest route kilometers are in Uttar Pradesh with 8726 kilometers. This comes out to be 13.6% of India’s total Route Kilometers. The Five states with largest route kilometers are as follows:

  • Uttar Pradesh :     8726
  • Rajasthan :         5780
  • Maharashtra:         5602
  • Andhra Pradesh:     5241
  • Gujarat :         4999

The following Table shows the state wise breakup of the Route Kilometers of Indian Railways.

Route Length on Each Gauge

The following table shows the Indian Railways Route Length on Each Gauge. Its shows that the 54, 257 Kilometer is Broad Gauge (1676mm) which is 85% of Total Route length in India. The share of the meter gauge and narrow gauge is 11.2% and 3.8% respectively. The share of the Total Electrified Route length is 4790 + 14137= 18927 Kilometers which is 29.5% of the Total Route length of India.

The following table shows the electrification of the Tracks in the different plan periods

It’s worth note that in the Eleventh Five year plan, the targeted electrification was 3500 Kilometers. Out of which 2416 Route Kilometers have been electrified in the first three years i.e. 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.


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