India has a total of 16 railway zones, which are evaluated twice in a year.
The Railway Board has a semi-annual scoring for all the 16 railway zones in India. This year, the North Central Railway has successfully bagged gold among the newly created railway zones in their half-yearly performance review.
MC Chauhan, the general manager of Railway Board, told PTI that overall, it has had bagged the fourth position, scoring 65.91 percent marks.
All the zones are judged on a total of 27 key performance indicators. These include revenue, ordinary working expenses, originating passenger traffic and non-fare revenue among others.
Each category is marked separately, and the aggregation of the total marks determines the ranking of each railway zone.
NCR scored a perfect 100 in ordinary working expenses and non-fare revenue and in the ‘overall revenues’ it scored 98. One of the most vital categories for the railway zones is the ‘Average Increase in Asset Reliability.’ NCR stood third in the country in this category with a score of 72% marks.
NCR has managed to bag the top position despite many challenges in its way. For instance, it does not have enough natural resources like coal like a few other zones. The traffic in NCR is also quite saturated as compared to other zones. NCR carries 15 percent of the total traffic with only 5 percent of the total track length, making it one of the highest saturated zones and leaving little time-margin for maintenance of assets.
Chauhan said, “However, despite the limitations, NCR and its team of officers and staff have put their best foot forward to take NCR to the first position among the newly created railways, and to the 4th position among all the 16 zones of the country.”