Railways Reforms & Governance Conclave 2018

Ever since Mr Piyush Goyal has assumed the office as the railway minister, he has been laying emphasis on improving safety and modernisation of the railways. Some of the key decisions Goyal has taken include priority given to safe running of trains without affecting punctuality, proposed electrification of entire Indian Railways network, 100 percent installation of LED lights across all stations, upgradation of passenger and goods trains’ speed, elimination of all unmanned level crossings and renewal of station redevelopment plan.

The minister seems to have brought a substantial change the way the railways works and intends to roll out amenities for passengers. According to a report of the Indian Railways, capital investments have gone up to Rs 1.21 lakh crore in 2016-17 from Rs 58,718 crore in 2014-15, which indicates the seriousness of the incumbent government in raising the investment for the national transporter.

The plans of improving safety got a boost after the union budget 2017-18 sanctioned Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (National Rail Safety Fund) of Rs 1 lakh crore. The laying of broad gauge tracks has also done at a rapid pace. The railways had commissioned 3,000 kms of broad gauge lines in 2016-17 compared to 1,983 kms in 2014-15. In this context, the railway has also decided to connect the entire north east region with broad gauge, a long awaited dream.

The 4th Railways Reforms & Governance Conclave 2018 aims at focusing on the futuristic projects of the Indian Railways to give a never-seen experience to rail users. As many of such billion dollar projects are being taken up by the railways, it will be interesting to see how it transforms itself in the next few years.

Key Discussion Pointers

The conclave is designed to have officials and experts from varied fields:

  • Governance Reforms in Railways
  • Attracting finance for Railways
  • Revitalizing Railways economy
  • Station redevelopment
  • PPP - projects
  • Long term finance in Railways
  • Communications & Connectivity Systems
  • Cashless payment system
  • Internet of Thingsv
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber security for Railways
  • Real time monitoring
  • Digitization of Railways
  • Modern signaling technology & telecom
  • Upgradation of infrastructure
  • Transforming railways through technology
  • Modern Trends in Rolling Stock
  • Security Surveillance: CCTVs, Luggage Scanner, Information display system and security gadgets manufacturers
  • Network Rail Telecom - Enabler of the Digital Railway
  • Key infra projects: Station redevelopment, DFC, Connectivity to North East states
  • Passenger safety
  • New strategies and policies to accelerate the railways’ growth
  • New passengers amenities
  • Business case for High Speed and semi high speed trains
  • Global partnerships for Railways

Key Participants

  • Ministry of Railways
  • Railway Board
  • Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR)
  • Ambassadors to India
  • World Bank and various finance agencies
  • JICA
  • Policy makers and experts
  • Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India
  • Indian Railways Finance Corporation
  • Indian Railway Station Development Corporation Ltd
  • Railtel
  • RVNL
  • CRIS
  • Konkan Railways
  • CRWC
  • IIFL
  • Mumbai Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd
  • Various other public and private sector companies in
  • technology and infrastructure
  • Japan Railways Group
  • German Railways
  • China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC)
  • Security equipment manufacturers
  • Logistics firms
  • Internet service providers
  • Technology providers
  • Energy saving equipment manufacturers
  • E-catering firms

Supported by
Indian Railway

Technology Partner

Digital Payments Partner

Connected Railways Partner

Digital Signage Partner

Knowledge Partner

Supporting Partners
IIFCL  irctc


KR  rites

Business Octane


Associate Partner
The Weather Company

Industry Partners









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