Indian Railways has added a large amount to its coffers by selling scrap. According to the details released from the railways in response to an RTI application, the department has earned Rs 35,073 crore from scrap in the last 10 years. The details of the scrap issued by the Ministry of Railways in the last 10 years, shows that the department earned Rs 35,073 crore by selling various scraps between the period 2009-10 to 2018-19. This includes coaches, wagons and track junk.
According to the details given by the Railway Board under the Right to Information to senior journalist and social worker Jinendra Surana of Malwa-Nimand Zone of Madhya Pradesh, the highest scrap in the last 10 years was sold for Rs 4,409 crore in 2011-12. , While the income from the lowest scrap was Rs 2,718 crore in the year 2016-17.
According to the information given by the Railway Board, rail tracks have the largest share in the junk sold. Scraps worth Rs 6,885 crore were sold between 2009-10 to 2013-14, while scraps worth Rs 5,053 crore were sold between the period 2015-16 to 2018-19.
Surana says, “One thing is clear from the scraps of railway tracks that the scrap of rail tracks between the years 2014-15 to 2018-19 was less than the period of five years between 2009-10 to 2013-14.” It seems that in the last five years, there has been little change in the railway tracks. If there is a change in the rail tracks, then the old tracks are scraped in the same proportion. “