Indian Railway –Map to start business:
Indian Railway, Metro & Transit has a major & large expansion & modernization plan.
A lot of thrust is applied to develop new technologies with in India , & also Indian Railway is ready to embrace Latest Proven technologies from Foreign Expert companies.
In past many International companies from EU & other parts of the world ,have already setup their offices factories or agents in India.
Broadly the Indian railway Procurement is very Transparent & Quality driven.
A following Map describes various departments & their Roles to test , approve & accept any new foreign technology.
1.  The head of the Tree is RAIL MINISTRY, with all the policy making done by Rail Board. This is in New Delhi & has Directorates of various Railway departments , headed by the "Member" & supported by Varrious Technocrats & senior level.
2.  RDSO- Research & Development services Organization: is the organization under the Rail Board, working to develop & test new technologies & design specifications for new requirements.
They are also responsible for Specification Design, Evaluation of new Technology, Pilot Testing , collecting & collaborating Data & information, marking the amendments & corrections & then approving for implementation.
3.  Zonal Divisions : The Indian railway is divided in various divisions across India , with specialized task of expansion & administration.
4.  Primary Directorates: Below are primary Directorates.
Electrical, Signal , Mechanical, Safety, Infrastructure, Civil, Coaching, Track.
5.  Procurement: is primarily done by Divisions & for high budget , an approval from the Rail Board is taken. All procurements are by Tender Process.

Indian Railways is a multi-gauge, multi-traction system covering the following:

Track Kilometers

Broad Gauge (1676 mm)

Meter Gauge (1000 mm) Narrow Gauge (762/610 mm) Total
86,526 18,529 3,651 108,706
Route Kilometers Electrified Total    
16,001 63,028    
 
 

Other Interesting facts of Indian Railways
Indian Railways runs aroun
d 11,000 trains everyday, of which 7,000 are passenger trains

7566 - locomotives

37,840 - Coaching vehicles

222,147 - Freight wagons 6853 - Stations
300 - Yards 2300 - Good sheds 700  -  Repair shops 1.54 million - Work force  
 
 
National Rail Vikas Yojana
With a view to complete strategically important projects within a stipulated period of time, a non-budgetary investment initiative for the development of Railways has been launched.. Under the scheme all the capacity bottlenecks in the critical sections of the railway network will be removed at an investment of Rs.15,000 crore over the next five years. These projects would include:
1. Strengthening of the golden Quadrilateral to run more long-distance mail/express and freight trains at a higher speed of 100 kmph.
2. Strengthening of rail connectivity to ports and development of multi-modal corridors to hinterland.
3. Construction of four mega bridges - two over River Ganga, one over River Brahmaputra, and one over River Kosi.
4.
Accelerated completion of those projects nearing completion and other important projects.

New Steps towards Safety and Security :
Safety of 13 million passengers that Indian Railways serve every day is of paramount importance to the system. Over the years, apart from the regular safety norms followed, the network has taken a number of steps through innovative use of technology and stepped up training to its manpower to enhance safety standards. Constitution of Rs.17,000 crore non-lapsable Special Railway Safety Fund (SRSF) to replace the arrears of aging assets of Railways over the next six years has been a historical move in this direction. A number of distressed bridges, old tracks, signalling system and other safety enhancement devices will be replaced during this period. As far as budget allocation for safety is concerned, Rs.1,400 crore was allocated in the revised estimate for the year 2001-02 and Rs.2,210 crore for the year 2002-2003. Extensive field trials of the Anti-Collision Device (ACD), indigenously developed by Konkan Railway, is going on and once deployed across the Zonal Railways, this innovative technology will help railways reduce accidents due to collision between trains. Security of railway passengers is at present a shared responsibility of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Reserve Police (GRP). Efforts are on to amend the Railway Act to give more powers to the RPF in ensuring security of passengers on trains and within Railway premises. Deployment of women police Force has been made for security and assistance of women passengers.