The Indian Railways is among the world's 4th largest rail networks, behind only the US, Russia, and China. The Indian rail network has a total track length of 123,542 kilometers, a route length of 67,415 kilometers, and around 7,300 stations. On a daily basis, the railways run about 13,523 passenger trains and 9,146 freight trains. Indian Railways carried 8.1 billion passengers in the fiscal year that ended in March 2020.
It employs around 1.3mn people. India's railway network is recognized as one of the largest railway systems in the world under single management.
FDI in the railway industry in India can drastically change the face of Indian Railways with an inflow of technology and capital. There is ample room for development in the country's railway system, and foreign investment can efficiently bridge the current scenario and technological advancement gap.
100% FDI in the railway industry in India is allowed under the automatic route.
Annual Estimated Passengers in 2031
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Revenue from freight traffic (2021)
4th largest railway system in the world
4th largest rail freight carrier in the world
Single largest employer in India and 8th largest in the world
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