Aiming at commercial exploitation of surplus land, railways has undertaken digitisation of records related to vacant plots owned by it across the country.
Land which is not required for operational purposes in the foreseeable future is being identified by all railways zones as vacant land, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Railways has approximately 43,000 hectares of vacant land which can be exploited commercially.
“Digitisation of vacant plots of land, measuring more than one acre, has been completed and a blue print is being chalked out for the monetisation of the vacant land,” he said.
Besides, a web based application called Land Management Module integrated with Track Management System (TMS) Railways, has been developed, he added.
Railways has also started mapping all fixed rail assets, including land, on Geographical Information System (GIS) with the help of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The system would provide the status of railway land, whether encroached or not, and thus would be helpful in tackling the menace of encroachment, the official said.
A pilot project of GIS mapping of railway network and land parcel has already been started on Delhi division of the Northern Railway.
After its successful implementation, the excercise will be extended to the entire Indian Railway network.