Upgradation enables WR and CR to save anywhere from minutes to hours; new schedule implemented from October 1
In what could be touted as a major achievement for the Indian Railways, the entity has managed to up the maximum speed of all the long-distance trains up to 130 kmph from the previous average of 100 kmph.
The railway officials want the trains to zip on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor at a whopping 350 kmph or even more. File pic for representation
Commenting on their achievement, railway officials claimed that the entire project required a technical overhaul. Based on this improvisation, the Western Railway (WR) and the Central Railway (CR) updated their schedules from October 1.
While the WR upped the speed of 42 trains, helping it save anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours and 35 minutes as compared to its earlier schedule, time saved by the CR by operating 17 trains as per the updated speed limit is anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes. Railway officials said the new schedule was implemented after months of trial and error.
Over the last few months, the railways has been discussing about increasing the speed of its existing trains to 160 kmph or more so that they could be operated on high-speed corridors.
The officials want the trains to zip on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor at a whopping 350 kmph or even more. However, assessment of the existing infrastructure grounded their ambitious plan. The survey revealed that it was impossible to achieve even the top speed of 160 kmph.
“Presently, it would be impossible to run trains at 160 kmph. So trial runs are taking place on the Delhi-Agra section at this speed,” said G C Agarwal, general manager, WR.
The ups and the down
Following the recent visit to Japan by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railway ministry officials, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor project received a shot in the arm.
Though the CM had earlier announced that he wanted a detour via Nashik, railway officials categorically turned down the demand stating that detour of this Rs 98,000-crore project was unfeasible.
A railway official claimed that feasibility of the project was the primary reason why the corridor was shortened to Mumbai-Ahmedabad instead of Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad, as laying tracks in the ghat sections of Pune would have required excess manpower, time and money.
The proposed high-speed corridor is expected to start from Bandra-Kurla Complex to Thane and then on to Virar section and then run parallel to the existing Mumbai-Ahmedabad line.
2 hrs 35 mins: Maximum reduction in time shown by the Puri-Gandhidham Express following the implementation of new speed limit
1 hr 45 mins: Time now saved by the Patna-Bandra Express by clocking 130 kmph, which is the second highest reduction
130 kmph: Newly-augmented speeds of Mumbai Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express between Virar and Surat
The number of long-distance trains rescheduled by the Western Railway as per the new speed limit
The number of long-distance trains rescheduled by the Central Railway as per the new speed limit