The Indian railways, one of the world’s largest railway systems, will also become significantly faster in the years to come thanks to some counsel and guidance from Russia. Currently, the average speed for most Indian railways trains is 120 kmph, but with Russia’s help, they would potentially be amped up to 200 kmph.
A joint preliminary report by teams from both countries has been submitted to the Indian government last week. The 575-km stretch from Nagpur to Secunderabad would serve as the potential testing ground for the pilot project. Officials note that a study will now be conducted from March of this year to assess the feasibility of this venture. The costs will be shared by both countries. At present, the fastest train in India is the Gatimaan, which can go up to 160 kmph.
Despite being one of the largest in the world, the Indian railways has been in the news lately for the increased number of accidents. But with the help of Russia, it is possible not only to build faster trains but also safer ones as the study also pays attention to safety. Here are some vital recommendations that were made in the report that will put India on the fast track:
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The old passenger cars used by the Indian railways would not work in the speeds recommended by Russia and hence they will be building new coaches ideal for the 200 kmph speeds.
Safety features at railway crossings
Safety has been given premium in the recommendations as a high-speed rail could be dangerous for the pedestrians and vehicles that are at the railway crossings in India. Measures include instating alarm systems that are automated, overpasses, anti-ram and anti-collision barriers.
Fencing at the rail track
Another way they are trying to ensure the safety of pedestrians is by recommending the building of protective fencing that will be built along the length of the railway track. This is also to protect cattle that might otherwise get caught on the tracks without the fence.
Another important recommendation by Russia to ensure that the trains aren’t a nuisance to the public is to install noise shields across the tracks near residential areas.