Project Unigauge

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Comparison of different gauges in India with standard gauge

Project Unigauge, started in early 1990's, is an ongoing exercise by Indian Railways to convert all rail gauges in India to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge.

Current status[edit]

Gauge[1] 2016
Track km
2016
Track share
2016
Route km
2016
Route share
1951 
Route km
1951 
Route share
Broad gauge (1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)) 1,12,388 93.95% 60,510 90.74% 25,258 47.0%
Metre gauge (1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)) 4,747 3.97% 3,880 5.82% 24,185 45.0%
Narrow gauges (762 mm (2 ft 6 in) and 610 mm (2 ft)) 2,495 2.08% 2,297 3.44% 4,300 8.0%
Total 1,19,630 100% 66,687 100% 53,743 100%

Lines that will not be converted[edit]

Heritage lines[edit]

Four narrow-gauge lines which are declared as heritage lines will not be converted to broad gauge. These are:

Railway
Track Gauge
Route km
Nilgiri Mountain Railway 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) 46
Kalka–Shimla Railway 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) 96
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 610 mm (2 ft) 88
Matheran Hill Railway 610 mm (2 ft) 21
Total 251

Urban rail lines[edit]

Urban rail transit lines (except suburban rail lines which are already in broad gauge) which serve the urban areas were built or are being built in standard gauge and would not be converted to broad gauge. These encompass metros and tram.

Lines where conversion is remaining[edit]

  • Northern Railway
  1. PathankotJoginder Nagar (164 km) (NG) in Himachal Pradesh
  • Western Railway
  1. AmbliyasanVijapur (42 km) (MG)
  2. BhadranNadiad (58 km) (NG)
  3. BilimoraWaghai (63 km) (NG)
  4. ChandodDabhoi (17 km) (NG)
  5. ChorandaMoti Koral (19 km) (NG)
  6. DabhoiMalsar (70 km) (NG)
  7. JetpurLathi (87 km) (MG)
  8. JunagadhDelvada (159 km) (MG)
  9. KosambaUmarpada (61 km) (NG)
  10. PratapnagarJambusar (51 km) (NG)
  11. VeravalTalalaDhasa Jn. (190 km) (MG)
  12. MhowSanawad (64 km) in Madhya Pradesh (MG)
  • North Eastern Railway
  1. BahraichMailani (205 km) (MG)
  2. Mathura Jn.Vrindavan (12 km) (MG)
  3. Nanpara JunctionNepalganj Road (19 km) (MG)
  • North Western Railway
  1. MarwarMavli (151 km) (MG)
  • Central Railway
  1. PachoraJamner (56 km) (NG)
  2. PulgaonArvi (35 km) (NG)
  • North Central Railway
  1. GwaliorSheopur Kalan (199 km) (NG)
  2. DhaulpurMohariSirmuttra (70 km)(NG)
  3. MohariTantpur (18 km)(NG)
  • South East Central Railway
  1. NagpurNagbhid (110 km) (NG)
  2. RajimAbhanpur (17 km) (NG)
  3. RaipurDhamtari (73 km) (NG)

Lines under conversion[edit]

  • Western Railway
  1. BhujNaliya (101 km) in Gujarat (MG)
  2. ChhuchapuraTankhala (38 km) (NG)
  3. Timba RoadDabhoi (101 km) (NG)
  4. MahesanaTaranga Hill (57 km) (MG)
  5. AhmedabadUdaipur (298 km) (MG)
  6. SanawadKhandwaAkola (224 km) in Madhya Pradesh/Maharashtra (MG)
  7. HimmatnagarKhed Brahma (54 km) (MG)
  8. AhmedabadBotad (177 km) (MG)
  9. Ahmedabad – Ranuj (114 km) (MG)
  • North Western Railway
  1. JaipurSikar (108 km) (MG)
  2. MavliBari Sadri (82 km) (MG)
  • Southern Railway
  1. BodinayakkanurMadurai (88 km) in Tamil Nadu (MG)
  2. ThiruvarurPattukottai (76 km) in Tamil Nadu (MG)
  • South East Central Railway
  1. ChhindwaraNainpur (141 km) (NG)
  2. BhandarkundNagpur (110 km) (NG)
  3. NainpurMandla Fort (42 km) (NG)
  4. SamnapurNainpur (58 km) (NG)
  • North Eastern Railway
  1. ShahjahanpurPilibhit (84 km) (MG)[2]
  2. MailaniPilibhit (64 km) (MG)[3]
  3. NarkatiaganjBhikhana Thori (36 km) (MG)
  4. NarkatiaganjRaxaul (41 km) (MG)
  5. TharbitiaForbesganj (72 km) (MG)
  6. Lucknow (Aishbagh) – Sitapur (90 km) (MG)
  7. SitapurMailani (106 km) (MG)
  8. BihariganjBanmankhi (28 km) (MG)
  9. BahraichGonda (61 km) (MG)
  10. JhanjharpurNirmali (32 km) (MG)
  11. SaharsaRaghopur (63 km) (MG)
  12. GainsariJarwa (15 km) in Uttar Pradesh (MG)
  13. JhanjharpurLaukaha Bazar (62 km) (MG)
  14. DohrighatIndara (33 km) (MG)
  15. MandhanaBrahmavart (10 km) (MG)
  • Central Railway
  1. AchalpurYavatmal (186 km) (NG)
  • Eastern Railway
  1. PachandiKatwa (14 km) (NG)
  2. ShantipurNabadwip (13 km) (NG)

Lines where conversion is completed[edit]

2018[edit]

  1. Balaghat - Samnapur (17 km)
  2. AryankavuEdamon (25.2 km) in Kerala (MG)

2017[edit]

  1. Bareilly CityRamganga (9 km) in UP
  2. PunalurEdamon (10 km) in Kerala
  3. SengottaiAryankavu (14 km) in Tamil Nadu/Kerala
  4. RatangarhSardarshahar (46 km) in Rajasthan
  5. PollachiPodanur (40 km) in Tamil Nadu
  6. BaraigramDullabcherra (28 km) in Assam
  7. AmguriTuli (15 km)(NFR)(Completed in 2007)[1]
  8. ChuruSikar (90 km) in Rajasthan
  9. SukrimanglaNainpur (70 km) in Madhya Pradesh [2]
  10. ChhindwaraBhandarkund (36 km) in Madhya Pradesh
  11. PilibhitTanakpur (63 km) in UP [3]
  12. BalgonaKatwa (26km) in West Bengal [4]
  13. AhmedpurPachandi (39 km) in West Bengal [5]
  14. KaraikudiPattukottai (73 km) in Tamilnadu

2016[edit]

  1. BadarpurAgartala (227 km) in Assam/Tripura [6]
  2. SilcharJiribam (50 km) in Assam/Manipur
  3. KatakhalBairabi (84 km) in Assam/Mizoram [7]
  4. IndoreMhow (21 km) in Madhya Pradesh [8]
  5. HanumangarhSadulpur (172 km) in Rajasthan [9]
  6. BanmankhiPurnia in Bihar (36 km) [10]
  7. ThaweChhapra (107 km) in Bihar [11]
  8. KotturuGunda Road (52 km) (Karnataka) [12]
  9. JabalpurSukrimangla (43 km) (Madhya Pradesh)
  10. MaishashanKarimganj (11 km) (NFR) [13]
  11. BhojipuraPilibhit (39.03 km)

2015[edit]

  1. North LakhimpurMurkongselek (154 km) in Assam [14][15]
  2. BaliparaBhalukpong (34 km) in Assam [16]
  3. LumdingSilchar (210 km) in Assam [17]
  4. PollachiPalakkad (55 km) in Tamil Nadu/Kerala [18]
  5. SikarLoharu (122 km) in Rajasthan [19]
  6. GondaBarhni (107 km) in Uttar Pradesh

2014[edit]

  1. RaxaulChauradano (24 km) in Bihar
  2. PalaniPollachi (63 km) in Tamil Nadu [20]
  3. FatehabadIndore Junction (35 km) in Madhya Pradesh [21]
  4. AnkleshwarRajpipla (63 km) in Gujarat [22]
  5. BareillyKasganj (106 km) in Uttar Pradesh [23]
  6. Rangapara NorthTezpur (27 km) in Assam
  7. Dauram MadhepuraBanmankhi (42 km) in Bihar
  8. RangiyaRangapara North (122 km) in Assam
  9. Rangapara NorthHarmuti (143 km) in Assam

2013[edit]

  1. RatlamFatehabad (85.74 km) in Madhya Pradesh [24]
  2. VirudhunagarManamadurai (66 km) in Tamil Nadu [25]
  3. KolarChikbalapur (85 km) in Karnataka [26]

2012[edit]

  1. Bareilly CityLalkua in Uttar Pradesh
  2. MayiladuturaiThiruvarur in Tamil Nadu

2011[edit]

  1. KrishnanagarShantipur in West Bengal
  2. SitamarhiBairgania in Bihar
  3. KaptanganjThawe in Uttar Pradesh
  4. KatiharTejnarayanpur in Bihar
  5. MavliNathdwara in Rajasthan
  6. AnandapuramTalguppa in Karnataka
  7. DindigulPalani in Tamil Nadu
  8. TirunelveliTenkasi in Tamil Nadu
  9. BodeliChottaudepur in Gujarat
  10. BardhmanBalgona in West Bengal
  11. AunriharJaunpur in Uttar Pradesh
  12. Aluabari RoadSiliguri in West Bengal
  13. RatangarhBikaner in Rajasthan
  14. BharuchSamniDahej in Gujarat
  15. ParlakimidiGunupur in Odisha
  16. MathuraAchhnera in Uttar Pradesh
  17. KatiharManihari in Bihar
  18. ShimogaAnandapuramin Karnataka
  19. NanjangudChamarajanagar in Karnataka
  20. BagalkotGadag in Karnataka
  21. MysoreNanjangud in Karnataka
  22. BijapurBagalkot in Karnataka
  23. SakleshpurSubramanya Road in Karnataka

2010[edit]

  1. Kanpur CentralFarukkhabad in Uttar Pradesh
  2. DeganaRatangarh in Rajasthan
  3. RatangarhSadulpur in Rajasthan
  4. BhildiSamdari in Rajasthan
  5. PakalaDharmavaram in Andhra Pradesh
  6. VelloreVillupuram in Tamil Nadu

Before 2010[edit]

  1. PhuleraRingasRewari in Rajasthan/Haryana
  2. GuntakalKalluru in Andhra Pradesh
  3. MathuraKasganj in Uttar Pradesh

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/stat_econ/IRSP_2015-16/Year_Book_Eng/9.pdf
  2. ^ SZP - PBE section will undergo gauge conversion shortly as NER has already floated tender
  3. ^ MLN - PBE section will undergo gauge conversion from 15NOV2017 https://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/2623157