Highlights

  • Focus on rail infra after Odisha tragedy
  • ₹13,523 crore spent on track renewal
  • CAG estimated ₹44,936 crore: report

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Indian Railways spent ₹13,523 crore from a non-lapsable fund on track renewals in 2020-21, as per reports.

Railways spent ₹13,500 crore, against CAG's ₹44,900 crore estimate, on track renewal

Amid increased focus on railway infrastructure in light of the Odisha triple train crash, it has emerged that the Indian Railways spent much less on replacing old tracks in 2020-21 than estimated by the CAG.

The Railways said that it spent ₹13,523 crore from a non-lapsable Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh on track renewals in 2020-21, as per the Hindustan Times.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had estimated that ₹44,936 crore would be needed for this work, the report said.

The cause of the Odisha train accident is yet to be ascertained. At least 278 people died, while around 1,100 were injured in the June 2 incident.

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