New Delhi, Jul 24 : Government has earmarked Rs 19,000 crore for renewal of railway tracks to ensure that the tracks are in good conditions for safe running of trains. Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda told Lok Sabha that track renewal is a continuous activity which is to be undertaken as and when a stretch of track becomes due for renewal, taking into account the traffic carried over the track, incidence of rail fractures, failures, wear and age.

“Safety is one of the priority sectors of Railways. Track renewal will continue and it will not stop,” he said during Question Hour. Gowda said track renewal works are sanctioned every year and their execution is prioritised according to condition of track and overall availability of funds ensuring that all the time track is in a sound condition for safe running of trains.