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India Approves Investments to Increase Rail Speed on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah Routes

Infra News - Published on Tue, 13 Aug 2019

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Zee Media Bureau reported that Indian government has given its approval for increasing the speed of the Delhi-Mumbai route and the Delhi-Howrah routes, both including Kanpur-Lucknow, to 160 Kmph by 2022-23 at a total cost of INR 6,806 crore and INR 6,685 crore respectively. This will ensure improved speed, service, safety and create capacity. This will allow such trains to unlock their full potential and travel at a speed of 160 Kmph, to ensure passengers have best in class speed and service. In addition, it has been found that the safer LHB coaches too can be made fit for this speed. The scope of the project includes fencing, Automatic Train Protection System (ETCS 2/TPWS), Mobile Train Radio Communication, and automated and mechanised diagnostic systems, which will considerably enhance safety and reliability. Besides the above main inputs, the policy also requires removal of all level crossings which are being eliminated otherwise under a separate plan head.

The 1,483 km long Delhi-Mumbai Route passes through seven states--Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The travel time between New Delhi and Mumbai will be reduced by 3.5 hours, now making it a fully overnight journey. Increasing the maximum speed of the Delhi-Mumbai route will also give further impetus to semi-high speed trains.

On the other hand, the 1,525 Kms long Delhi-Howrah Route passes through five states--Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal. The travel time between New Delhi and Howrah will be reduced by 5 hours, making it an overnight journey. Increasing the maximum speed of the Delhi-Howrah route will also give further impetus to semi-high speed trains like the Vande Bharat Express.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 13 Aug 2019
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