In a massive overhaul of the train running system, the Railway ministry has decided to cut down the running time of 500-700 trains from the next month.
A senior Railways official told PTI that the timings of around 500 long-distance trains would be reduced by 15 minutes to two hours. But according to ANI, the number is 700.
Whatever be the number, it is certain that the Indian Railways is planning to introduce innovative timetabling as per the directions of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
The official said:
“Our plan is to maximise the use of the existing rolling stock. It can be done in two ways – if we have a train that is waiting somewhere to return, we can use it during the lie over period. In the new timetable around 50 such trains which will be run like this. Fifty-one trains will immediately see reduced run time from one to three hours. This will go up to more than 500 trains.”
Trains like the Bhopal-Jodhpur Express will then reach 95 minutes earlier while the Guwahati-Indore special will complete its journey 115 minutes earlier. Ghazipur-Bandra Terminus Express will be completed 95 minutes earlier. The Railways has also reduced the halting time at stations and the trains will not stop at stations where the footfall is less.
The trains are expected to run faster because of the automatic signalling mechanism, track and infrastructure upgrade and new coaches.
To enhance the serving capacity of the trains, the Supreme Court has also ordered the Railways to provide oxygen cylinders and medical assistance to ailing travelers.