More changes on the way for the Indian Railways!
From an innovative travel timetable to a cut-down on the running time of long-distance trains, the Railways ministry headed by Piyush Goyal is all set for a major revamp with an extensively revised programme.
According to The Indian Express, the national transporter is incorporating measures that can increase the average speed of existing trains and in turn bring down journey time for passengers.
With that, close to 500 trains are to have their running time knocked down to 120 minutes, via increased speed. A detailed plan has already been prepared by the railway authorities, which is to be incorporated in the ‘Trains at a Glance’ timetable by November 30 and made effective by December.
Also, following the completion of internal inspection about the running time of over 700 trains, 50 ordinary mail or express trains will soon be upgraded to ‘superfast’ services.
Also, the number of halts allotted to these trains will be either shortened or scrapped off, owing to its serviceability. So will the time slotted for engine reversal in long-distance trains be reduced to 20 minutes or lesser, which conventionally takes about 30 to 55 minutes.
These changes will impact trains functioning across the entire country. For instance, the Hyderabad-Tirupati Express, which takes around 14 hours to cover the 733 km stretch, will have its journey time cut short by 100 minutes.
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Similarly, the Bhopal-Jodhpur Express and Ghazipur-Bandra Terminus Express are expected to reach 95 minutes early.
Reportedly, with the initial implementation of the exercise, the authorities found that there was a greater scope in journey time reduction where the distance was longer.
With infrastructure upgrades that were undertaken in the last three years elevating the maximum permissible speeds, the ministry has included the recalibration of train speed in their plan.