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Indian Railways : An Engine of Growth for Aatmanirbhar Bharat

17 - 18 December 2021 | Pragati Maidan

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I. Background:

India has one of the largest railways network in the world which plays a critical role in economic and social development of the country. It has a network of 123,542 km of total tracks over a 67,415 km route and about 7,300 stations. Railways run close to 13,000 passenger trains carrying over 23 million passengers daily and 1 billion tonnes of freight every year.

In order to modernize and create a future ready’ railways, Indian Railways have launched the National Rail Plan. The plan envisages creation of capacity ahead of demand and increase in the share of Railways in freight traffic to 45%. It aims to accelerate implementation of critical projects, achieve 100% electrification, upgrade the speed of trains on certain routes and eliminate all level crossings on GQ/GD route, etc. by 2024.

Further, India is one of the largest markets for railway equipment and is expected to grow exponentially in coming years, driven by growing investments, technology innovation and expansion & modernisation plan of Railways by the Government of India and emphasis on “Make in India” initiative.

With the above background, CII in association with Ministry of Railways is organizing the International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE) - Asia’s mega Rail Transportation event and the second largest show in the world for Rail Transportation Sector in terms of scale and quality of participants. The 14th edition of the IREE is scheduled from 16 to 18 December 2021 at Pragati maidan, New Delhi

Coinciding with IREE 2021, CII is organizing the International Rail Conference with the theme “Railways : An Engine of Growth for Aatmanirbhar Bharat” on 17 & 18 December 2021 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

II. Objective:

The Conference aims to facilitate high-level discussions on emerging scope and opportunities of partnership in the modernisation and expansion of Indian Railway, with an aim to supplement the efforts of Government of India to make a world-class Railways System in the country.

The conference will feature discussions around new and emerging technologies, domestic manufacturing ecosystem to promote Make in India-Make for the World, assets monetisation programme, dedicated freight corridors and urban transit system, opening new avenues for learning about the modern technologies available for the Indian Rail Transportation Sector through networking sessions.

III. Structure of the Summit

The 2-day Summit will be structured as below:

  • A. Inaugural Session
  • B. Special Ministerial Plenary
  • C. Technical Sessions:

It is proposed to have 7 Plenary Sessions with Speakers from Central Ministries, Industry and major Stakeholders

  • Plenary Session I : Asset Monetization – Emerging Scope for Public Private Partnership
  • Plenary Session II: Make in India, Make for the World - Key Imperatives for Building Competitive Railways Manufacturing Ecosystem
  • Plenary Session III : Building World Class Rail Infrastructure – Emerging Partnership Opportunities
  • Plenary Session IV : High Speed Rail (HSR) Corridors in India
  • Plenary Session V : New & Emerging Technologies
  • Plenary Session VI: Dedicated Freight Corridors – Providing Integrated Logistics Solutions for Aatmanirbhar India
  • Plenary Session VII : Urban Transit System: Clean and congestion free mass surface transit for New India

IV. Expected Participation

The 14th edition of the International Rail Conference 2021 will feature 50+ sector-expert speakers, including Policy Makers, Senior Government Officials, Industry Stalwarts, User Industry etc, and 400 + delegates attending physically and 600 delegates attending over digital platform.

CII Members Rs 1500/-
CII Affiliated Association Members Rs 1500/-
Non Members Rs. 2000/-

For further queries you may contact Mr Girijan Nair at or Mr Mani Bhushan Jha at

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