The Indian Railways has taken on the mammoth task of reducing train journey time between Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes by increasing the speed of trains to up to 160 km per hour.
Though Gatiman Express just runs a short distance between Delhi and Agra, the Indian railways is now trying to increase the speed of the trains running between longer distances.
“We have firmed up an action plan to increase the train speed to up to 160 km per hour on the total 9000-km main trunk routes across the country as part of the Mission Raftaar project. To begin with we have started the work on two major busy routes of Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah.” – Senior Railway Official.
Representational Image. Reuters
While the Delhi-Howrah route is used by about 120 passenger trains daily, there are around 100 goods trains, some 90 passenger services trains and 90 freight trains running on Delhi-Mumbai corridor on daily basis.
“Once these two major routes are upgraded to 160 km per hour speed, there will be scope for launching more passenger trains in these sectors. This will reduce the waiting list of passengers in some of the popular trains as many more such services with similar facilities will be on the offer.”
The official also said that all railway zones involved with these two corridors have been now been instructed to undertake the upgradations work on a ‘mission mode’ so this project can be finished in the next three years.
Mission Raftaar will also benefit many goods trains on these routes as it will also be able to move at a faster speed once these routes are upgraded.