Details of the Railway Zones Functioning in the Country

Details of the Railway Zones Functioning in the Country 

(a) to (c)  There are 17 Railway Zones in the country. Zones on Indian Railways are created keeping in view the factors like size, workload, accessibility, traffic patterns and other operational/administrative requirements consistent with the needs of economy and efficiency.
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Earning records are not maintained division-wise. Details of all Zones, including total earnings, zones-wise since last re-organisation of Indian Railways in 2003-04, are given below:
S.No. Zonal Railway Headquarter Year of Creation
Number of Divisions
Gross earnings since 2003-04
to 2018-19
(`in Crore)
1.
Central Railway Mumbai 1951
5
143,948.91
2.
Eastern Railway Kolkata 1952
4
71,033.65
3.
East Central Railway Hajipur 2002
5
113,281.69
4.
East Coast Railway Bhubaneswar 2003
3
150,513.97
5.
Northern Railway New Delhi 1952
5
175,206.07
6.
North Central Railway Allahabad 2003
3
147,907.45
7.
North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur 1952
3
32,696.62
8.
Northeast Frontier Railway Guwahati 1958
5
48,357.46
9.
North Western Railway Jaipur 2002
4
69,650.79
10.
Southern Railway Chennai 1951
6
85,915.94
11.
South Central Railway Secunderabad 1966
6
163,684.28
12.
South Eastern Railway Kolkata 1955
4
134,419.25
13.
South East Central Railway Bilaspur 2003
3
121,065.97
14.
South Western Railway Hubli 2003
3
51,981.48
15.
Western Railway Mumbai 1951
6
140,063.01
16.
West Central Railway Jabalpur 2003
3
110,796.29
17.
Metro Railway Kolkata 2010
-
1,969.54
Total
68
1,762,492.37

(d)  The Government has recently approved setting up of a new Railway Zone viz. South Coast Railway (SCoR) with its headquarter at Visakhapatnam. Apart from this, the Government does not propose to sanction any other railway zone.

(e)   There is no existing practice to give ratings to various Railway zones. However, to assign greater accountability to the Zonal Railways and also to ensure that decision making at field level gets expedited, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is being signed between Secretary, Railway Board and General Managers of each Zonal Railway in the beginning of the Financial Year. Under these MOUs, all the Zonal Railways, undertake to achieve the targets for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) given in the MOU. These KPIs inter-alia cover operational and financial performance, infrastructure creation works, capacity utilization, asset maintenance and reliability.

To improve overall performance of all Railway zones and profitability of Railways, thrust is on setting targets for all zones in the beginning of the Financial Year for freight loading, passenger traffic, earnings, expenditure, punctuality and infrastructure creation, and reviewing the performance regularly. Further, annual targets are also being set for improving asset utilization and productivity. The performance is evaluated and monitored regularly through monthly review meeting. Issues and constraints faced by zones regarding performance are also addressed regularly. To encourage competition amongst Railway Zones, the best overall performing Zone is awarded every year. Awards are also given to Zones for excellence in performance in specific areas also.

The above statement was submitted by Ministry of Railways of undermentioned Lok Sabha Question:-
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 

LOK SABHA 
STARRED QUESTION NO. 343 
TO BE ANSWERED ON 17.07.2019 

RAILWAY ZONES 

343. SHRIMATI SUPRIYA SULE 
        DR. AMOL RAMSING KOLHE 

Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state: 

  • (a) the details of the Railway Zones functioning in the country and the reasons for creating these zones; 
  • (b) whether every new Railway Zone created has fulfilled the factors like size, workload, accessibility, traffic pattern, operational and administrative requirements and if so, the details thereof, zone-wise; 
  • (c) the details of gross income of each Division since its creation, division and zone-wise; 
  • (d) whether the Government proposes to sanction more railway zones considering the demands of various States and if so, the details thereof; and 
  • (e) whether the Railway Board has conducted rating of its zones, if so, the details and the outcome thereof and the steps taken by the Government to improve the overall performance of all the railway zones so as to improve the profitability of railways? 
ANSWER 
MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND COMMERCE & INDUSTRY 
(SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL) 

(a) to (e)  A Statement is laid on the Table of the House. 

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF STARRED QUESTION NO.343 BY SHRIMATI SUPRIYA SULE AND DR. AMOL RAMSING KOLHE TO BE ANSWERED IN LOK SABHA ON 17.07.2019 REGARDING RAILWAY ZONES 

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