India: Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3

Sovereign (Public) Project | 36330-043 Status: Proposed

The Asian Development Bank and the Government of India are working together to make the country’s train system safer, more efficient and able to handle greater amounts of passengers and freight. The program is building second tracks alongside 840 kilometers of existing rail systems, essentially doubling the capacity of high-density routes. Another 640 kilometers of track will have electrification systems added.

Project Name Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3
Project Number 36330-043
Country India
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Railway Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3
Ordinary capital resources US$ 120.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Government requested for a loan of $120 million ordinary capital resources (OCR) to finance completion of improving railway lines under the Railway Sector Investment Program (RSIP).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy India's economy has been one of the fastest growing in Asia in recent years, but its rail system has failed to keep pace. Each year, more than 8.4 billion passengers ride trains in India and more than 1 billion tons of freight is transported. But as India's economy continues to expand, the numbers of passengers and tons of freight on trains has been declining. The train routes most in demand cannot handle the capacity needed, and many of the trains are slow and service is poor. The country needs an efficient, sustainable, safe, and regionally balanced transportation system in which trains play a key role.
Impact Energy-efficient, safe, reliable, affordable and environment friendly railway transport developed.
Outcome Improved railway transport capacity in the project rail routes.
Outputs Completion of subprojects financed under tranche 1, and (ii) delivery of track components to be installed in subprojects.
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Project is environment category B and the IEEs have been prepared covering all projects. An environmental management plan has been prepared and has been included in the draft bidding documents.
Involuntary Resettlement As part of appraisal, resettlement plans and due diligence reports have been prepared for the investment projects.
Indigenous Peoples The study did not show any difference in impact between indigenous and non-indigenous groups in the project location. However, special provisions have been made under the resettlement framework and the resettlement plans specifically for the indigenous people and other vulnerable groups. Indigenous peoples planning framework (IPPF) has also been prepared and disclosed through the ADB website to guide the preparation of Indigenous Peoples Plans if required for the current or subsequent phases during project implementation.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design tbd
During Project Implementation tbd
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services No consultants will be recruited under Tranche 3.
Procurement No procurement will be carried out under Tranche 3.
Responsible ADB Officer Roesner, Markus
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board, Room No. 416
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi 110001
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 03 Oct 2017
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Jul 2017

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