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Speed and Socioeconomic Development: Influence of Indian Railways

dc.contributor.authorNeelakantan Ravi
dc.description.abstractIndian Railways is a little over a century and a half old. Its development over the decades has been gradual. It has been and continues to be the “lifeline for the socioeconomic growth of India,” by connecting human settlements across the country and simultaneously transporting various resources to centers of production and markets. Nationalized in 1951, Indian Railways is among the largest rail networks in Asia and the world’s second largest network operated under a single management. We will feature its growth over the past 7 decades. Indian Railways has always aimed to provide safety during travel. The rate of its development as a service organization has been modest, with two forces, one originating from political considerations balanced by another based on engineering competence. High-speed rail travel emerged in Indian Railways in 1969, when the first high-speed limited-stop train service was introduced between New Delhi and Kolkata. We will trace the origins of high-speed travel on Indian Railways and attempt to show how it has indeed helped passengers reach their destinations in less time. Any direct correlation between high-speed train travel and the growth of the economy, the effect on the environment and society, while significant over the long term, would be difficult to estimate empirically. We will show, in terms of policy flow and implications, how Indian railways has been unwavering in providing sustenance for economic growth. One common theme in these decades has been the inexorable drive to acquire and develop technology to ensure faster, inexpensive, and safer travel for all users. The increase in speed of travel has been steady, progressive, and not an attempt at creating records. Over the years, high-speed trains have enabled better quality of life for professionals in India, especially in the age of globalization. However, the effect of this has been generally restricted to medium distance and suburban travel. In this scenario, we will detail the steps that have to be taken by the provider and the user for making future high-speed rail travel profitable, productive, comfortable, and dependable.
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank Institute
dc.titleSpeed and Socioeconomic Development: Influence of Indian Railways
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertBus Transportation Costs
dc.subject.expertDemand For Transport
dc.subject.expertMeans Of Transport
dc.subject.expertNational Transport
dc.subject.expertPassenger Transport
dc.subject.expertRoad & Highway Transport
dc.subject.expertRoad Transportation Systems
dc.subject.expertSea Transport
dc.subject.expertTransport Costs
dc.subject.expertTransport Efficiency
dc.subject.expertTransport Infrastructure
dc.subject.expertTransport Planning
dc.subject.expertTransport Policy
dc.subject.expertTransport Services
dc.subject.expertTransport Systems
dc.subject.expertTransport Tax
dc.subject.expertResults-Based Monitoring And Evaluation
dc.subject.expertProject Evaluation & Review Technique
dc.subject.expertProject Evaluation
dc.subject.expertProgram Evaluation
dc.subject.expertPerformance Evaluation
dc.subject.expertOperations Evaluation
dc.subject.expertEvaluation Methods
dc.subject.expertDevelopment projects
dc.subject.expertPhysical infrastructure
dc.subject.expertSoft infrastructure
dc.subject.expertInfrastructure finance
dc.subject.expertInfrastructure bonds
dc.subject.expertTransport infrastructure
dc.subject.expertWater supply
dc.subject.expertPower production
dc.subject.expertPower transmission
dc.subject.expertPower distribution
dc.subject.expertInfrastructure connectivity
dc.subject.expertCross border connectivity
dc.subject.adbModes of transport
dc.subject.adbAutomobile industry
dc.subject.adbRoad traffic
dc.subject.adbInland transport
dc.subject.adbInternational transport
dc.subject.adbPublic transport
dc.subject.adbUrban transport
dc.subject.adbTransport projects
dc.subject.adbTransport workers
dc.subject.adbTransport statistics
dc.subject.adbTransport networks
dc.subject.adbUrban traffic
dc.subject.adbProject impact
dc.subject.adbDevelopment projects
dc.subject.adbProgram management
dc.subject.adbPerformance appraisal
dc.subject.adbProject appraisal
dc.subject.adbTechnology assessment
dc.subject.naturalCommunication and traffic
dc.subject.naturalTransport planes
dc.subject.naturalAir transportation industry
dc.subject.naturalAir transportation system
dc.subject.naturalIntra-airport transportation
dc.subject.naturalInland water transportation
dc.subject.naturalIntercoastal shipping
dc.subject.naturalMarine transportation
dc.subject.naturalLocal transit
dc.subject.naturalHighway transportation
dc.subject.naturalMotor transportation
dc.subject.naturalStudent transportation
dc.subject.naturalChoice of transportation
dc.subject.naturalPublic transportation
dc.subject.naturalTransportation industry
dc.subject.naturalMass transit
dc.subject.naturalMunicipal transit
dc.subject.naturalCumulative effects assessment
dc.subject.naturalGrievance procedures
dc.subject.naturalParticipatory monitoring and evaluation
dc.subject.naturalHigh-speed rail
dc.title.seriesADBI Working Paper Series
dc.title.volumeNo. 952
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank Institute
oar.adminregionSouth Asia Region
oar.authorRavi, Neelakantan

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