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Urban Rail in India 2018

Segment Trends, Outlook and Opportunities

India has emerged as one of the world’s biggest markets for the development of urban rail systems (metrorail, light rail and monorail). Increasing population and rapid urbanisation coupled with problems of traffic congestion and air pollution have been the driving factors for the development of rail systems in Indian cities.

The urban rail network in India has increased significantly in the last decade; up from 90 km in 2006 to about 444 km currently operational in 10 cities. Going forward, over 100 projects that will add nearly 2,000 km of network length are planned at an investment of INR6,400 billion. However, this project pipeline faces risks related to financing, land acquisition, securing of regulatory clearances and geological surprises.

To resolve some of these issues, the Government of India approved the new Metro Rail Policy 2017, which aims to facilitate innovative financing, revive private investment by making public-private partnership (PPP) contracts mandatory, promote transit-oriented development (TOD) and last-mile connectivity, and improve project appraisal procedures.

Cities across India are experimenting with advanced technologies to make urban rail systems more efficient, reliable and passenger-friendly. Indian metro systems are steadily moving from semi-automatic to unattended train operations/driverless train operations. Most upcoming systems also have plans to deploy the highest grades of signalling such as communications-based train control (CBTC) systems. Several systems are also exploring deployment of advanced fare payment systems such as open loop ticketing and bank cards.

Global Mass Transit Research has released the Urban Rail in India 2018 report - the most comprehensive and up-to-date study on the Indian urban rail market. The report is available in PDF format and MS Excel Database.

The PDF report (represented through PPT converted to PDF) has three sections:

  • Section 1 focuses on Market Trends and Outlook including sector overview, analysis of Metro Rail Policy 2017, investment and financing experience (models, trends, economics, cost components, rates of return, sources of revenue, etc.), recent developments in the sector, prospects for PPP, project pipeline, investment outlook, market opportunities and new technologies.
  • Section 2 focuses on Segment Analysis, Outlook and Opportunities for rolling stock, signalling, train control, communications, fare collection systems, construction market (elevated structures and tunnels), stations, and traction and E&M.
  • Section 3 covers Project Profiles of operational, under construction, announced, approved and under bidding projects.

The MS Excel database provides information on operational, announced, approved, under bidding, under construction and abandoned projects, and contracts (awarded and to be awarded) for signalling and telecommunications, rolling stock, fare collection system, traction and E&M, stations, tunnels, and civil works.

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