As on April 1, 1950, Railways had 53,596
route kilometers which increased to 64,600 route kilometers as on March
31, 2012. The expansion of Broad Gauge network has been done by way of
laying new lines, gauge conversion, laying double/multiple lines and
since 1951, about 52,241 kilometers of Broad Gauge line has been
laid/converted to Broad Gauge. Due to advantage of door to door service,
particularly in respect of short and medium lead and non bulk traffic,
road is the preferred mode for certain streams of traffic. To attract
such traffic to Railway, Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) and 15
other Private Container Operators have been permitted by Indian Railways
to operate container trains with facilities for door to door service.
Besides, parcel leasing policy has been implemented to capture small
volumes of non bulk traffic by providing end to end logistics.