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.
The Railway ministry had recently successfully launched Gatimaan Express, which is India’s first semi-high-speed train that runs at a max speed of 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.
The estimated cost of this project about Rs 10,000 crore, and will cover a total distance of 9000-km. The mission has been named, ‘Project Raftaar’.
“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.
The money will go towards, strengthening of the track, upgrading the signal system and fencing off vulnerable sections along the route.
This will ensure that the speed of 160 km per hour speed on these corridors is possible without causing a mishap.
These two routes are two of the busiest routes in India.
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.
The Delhi-Howrah corridor is approximately 1400-km-long, while the Delhi-Mumbai rail corridor is around 1500-km-long.
Currently, the highest train speed of the Mail and Express trains, including Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, on these routes is 130 per km per hour.
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.