Dozens of trains will run faster from Thursday as Indian Railways took steps to improve their speed, punctuality and revamped train timings. The speed of express trains, including Rajdhanis and Shatabdis has been increased between 10 and 30 kmph.
Travel time by the Puri-Gandhidham Express has been reduced by 2 hours 35 minutes, which is the maximum reduction so far, followed by the Patna-Bandra Express by 105 minutes.
The speeds of Mumbai Rajdhani, Ahmedabad-Mumbai Shatabdi Express have been augmented to 130 kmph on some sections of the route against the existing 120 kmph. The speeds have been increased segment wise on the basis of infrastructure boost.
Surprisingly, the much-awaited 160 kmph Delhi-Agra train falling under the jurisdiction of Northern Railway still remains a distant dream despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal interest in the matter. At present, the maximum speed of the Agra Shatabdi from New Delhi is 150 kmph, which was achieved during the tenure of Lalu Prasad as Railway Minister.
As compared to other zones, including the Western Zone, which has been able to augment the speed of trains and reduce travel time, not much progress has been made within the jurisdiction of Northern Railways except for some cosmetic changes involving Electrical Multiple Unit trains and a few long distance trains.
While terminals of some trains have been reshuffled, timings of Rajdhanis and Shatabdis run by the Northern Zone remain unchanged.
After much delay, the Railway Ministry on Wednesday released its new All India Railway Time Table known as “Trains at a Glance” that will come into effect from October 1, 2015 and last till June 2016. Usually the new train time table comes into effect from July 1 every year, but this time it was delayed as the existing time table was completely rejigged and the speed of trains was also augmented wherever the tracks supported it.
While the travel time of 12951 Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani Express has been reduced by 25 minutes, the 12952 New Delhi-Mumbai Central Rajdhani Express has been speeded up by 20 minutes. Similarly 12009 Mumbai Central-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express has been speeded up by 25 minutes, and the 12971 Bandra Terminus-Bhavnagar Express speeded up by 30 minutes.
The trains which have been speeded up by 60 minutes and more are Patna-Bandra Express that has been speeded up by 105 minutes, the 16333 Veraval-Trivandrum Express (Via Vasai Road) by 65 minutes, Gandhidham- Nagercoil Express (Via Vasai Road) by 90 minutes, Okha-Ernakulam Express (Via Vasai Road) by 105 minutes, 19311 Pune-Indore Express (Via Vasai Road) by 80 minutes and the 19454 Puri-Gandhidham Express (Via Surat) that has been speeded up by 2 hours 35 minutes.
The travel time of 16502 Yeshwantpur-Ahmedabad Express (Via Surat) has been reduced by 75 minutes, Allahabad – Ahmedabad Express (Via Surat) has been speeded up by 80 minutes. Additional Commercial stoppages have been provided to Duronto Express trains with no changes in its original timings. So far there were no commercial stoppages for this category of trains.
Other trains whose travel time been reduced are Ahmedabad- Nagpur Prerna Express (by 45 minutes), and Ahmedabad-Howrah Express and Okha-Tuticorn Vivek Express (by 10 minutes).
Some trains have been renumbered: 12723/12724 Hyderabad – New Delhi AP Express has been re-named Telangana Express 17035/17036; Secunderabad – Sirpur Kaghaznagar Express has been renamed Kaghaznagar Express 22415/22416, and Visakhapatnam – New Delhi Express has been renamed as Andhra Pradesh AC Express.