A separate directorate under the Ministry of Railways will now focus on increasing speed of freight and passenger trains on the congested Ghaziabad-Mughalsarai rail corridor
NEW DELHI: Railways has set up a separate directorate to focus on increasing speed of freight and passenger trains.
In the first phase, railways has undertaken the exercise to increase train movement in the Ghaziabad-Mughalsarai corridor which includes the Allahabad junction involving movement of 120 trains in a day.
Trains delays have been reported the most on Mughalsarai- Allahabad-Kanpur-Ghaziabad-Delhi sector of Allahabad division which is facing severe capacity constraints with line capacity utilisation standing at 150 per cent, This sector connects north India with the rest of the country and deals with not only passenger traffic but also freight traffic including coal, petroleum products, raw materials, food grains, fertiliser, steel and export/import oriented container traffic.
“We have created Mobility Directorate to focus on speed enhancement,” Railway Board Chairman (CRB) AK Mital said.
He said at present the speed of freight train is about 25 km per hour and the plan is to increase it to 30 km per hour in less than a year.
“Our target is to reach 50 kmph in five years by increasing 5 km per hour every year. It will reduce congestion to a great extent which will enable the faster movement of train,” Mital said.
However, he said, this is not an easy task. “It is a tough job but we have to do it for decongestion.” Similarly, Mital said all local passenger trains will also be replaced with MEMU trains to save time. MEMU trains have faster acceleration and deceleration than other passenger trains.
Highlighting the need for investment, Mital said it is a fact that railways is suffering from under investment which has resulted in congested network.
“There are many special trains pressed into service during the festivals but still we are not been able to run as many as required, he said, adding “So any slight disturbance like derailment in the network, the whole time table goes haywire.
It takes quite some time for the system to normalise the operation.” Mital said railways has taken steps to improve signalling, rolling stock with more investment.