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KEY TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

  • What are the recent trends and developments in therailways sector?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities?
  • What is the future outlook?

INDIAN RAILWAYS’ PERSPECTIVE

  • What is Indian railways’ perspective on the development of the railways?
  • What are the key policy initiatives and future plans of IR?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
FOCUS ON PPPs: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
  • What has been the experience with regard to PPP projects in the railways sector?
  • What are the issues and challenges?
  • What are the areas of opportunity for the private sector?

PROGRESS ON DFC

  • What is the current status of the DFC? What are the key milestones and targets?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • What are the opportunities for private players?

IMPROVING RAIL CONNECTIVITY

  • What is the current state of rail connectivity in India?
  • What needs to be done to address rail-port connectivity and last-mile linkages? What is the status of various initiatives in this regard?
  • What are the various rail connectivity projects that are planned, or under implementation?

ROLLING STOCK

  • What has been the experience so far with respect to the procurement of rolling stock (locomotives, passenger coaches and wagons)?
  • What are the current/future requirements for rolling stock?
  • What are IR’s initiatives and future plans?
  • What are IR’s initiatives and plans to improve procurement practices?

STATION MODERNISATION

  • What is the current status of the modernisation/ redevelopment of stations?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • What are the key initiatives?

UPDATE ON HIGH-SPEED RAIL

  • What are the plans for HSR development in India?
  •  What has been the progress so far?
  • What are the key issues and challenges? What steps are being taken to address them?
  • Which new technologies are being planned and adopted?

PROJECT SHOWCASE

  • What are the key noteworthy rail projects completed and under implementation?
  • What are the issues in the implementation of projects?
  • What are the lessons learnt?

FINANCING RAILWAY PROJECTS

  •  What are the current financing models and funding sources? What has been the experience so far?
  • What are the alternative funding sources?
  • What are the risks and challenges?

FOCUS ON SIGNALLING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

  • What are the recent initiatives and plans in signaling and telecommunications?
  • What has been the experience with some of the btechnologies deployed in India?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities?
TRACKS AND BRIDGES
  • What are the requirements for upgrading railway tracks and bridges?
  • What techniques are followed to assess and monitor the condition of tracks and bridges?
  • What are IR’s initiatives and plans in this area?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?

PROMISE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES, EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

  • What are the most promising and relevant new railway technologies?
  • What has been the experience with some of these technologies in India?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?

MANAGING THE ENERGY NEEDS OF INDIAN RAILWAYS

  • What are the energy needs of the railways? How are they being met?
  • How can the railways improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint?
  • What are the specific plans for harnessing solar and wind power?
  • What are IR’s plans for developing its transmission network to meet its energy needs?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?

IMPACT OF GST

  • What will be the impact of GST on rail transport and freight rates?
  • What will be the impact on container train operators?
  • Which contracts will need restructuring?
  • What are the key concerns and unresolved issues?
 
       
 
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