Delhi-Mumbai rail journey to be faster; Centre approves higher train speed

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The Centre has approved the proposal to increase the train speed on Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Delhi routes.

NEW DELHI: The Centre has approved the Railways’ proposal to increase the train speed on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes to 160 kmph. This will reduce travel time by 3.5 hours and five hours respectively, making them overnight journeys.

While the cost of the project for the Delhi-Mumbai route will be Rs 6,806 crores, the cost for the other route will be Rs 6,685 crores by 2022-23. This was part of the ministry’s 100 day agenda.

A cabinet meeting on Monday led to the finalisation of decisions. On Wednesday, they became public news. Union ministers also discussed Kashmir in the same Cabinet meeting.

The increased speed on these routes will ensure improved service, safety and will create capacity.

Increasing the speed of the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah sections to 160 kmph will ensure up to 60 per cent increase in average speed of passenger trains. It will also double the average speed of freight traffic.

Together, these two routes account for 29 per cent of passenger traffic and 20 per cent of freight traffic.

The government has also approved the ministry’s plan to construct a new line between Vaibhavwadi-Kolhapur. Chhatrapati Shahumaharaj Terminus is the new name for the line. The estimated cost for this project is Rs 3,439 crore.

The project will finish by 2023-24.

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