Danapur (DNR): Railways has decided to increase the speed limit to 130kmph on the mainline route on Jhajha-Mughalsarai section under Danapur division of East Central Railway (ECR). Work is going on in full swing to strengthen tracks on this particular route. At present the speed limit is 110kmph on this route for Rajdhani Express, mail and express trains.
According to Danapur DRM N K Gupta, railways successfully carried out a speed trial between Barh and Patna Junction at 120kmph on Friday during ECR GM’s inspection. LHB coaches, which are capable of running at a maximum of 130 kmph, are being used in Rajdhani Express trains, he said, adding increase of the speed limit up to 130kmph would facilitate run of all mail and express trains run at the maximum speed limit on the route.
According to sources, the railways recently carried out a track renewal work on the Mughalsarai-Jhajha section at a huge cost replacing the old ones with 60kg tracks. It has been completed as the mainline section of the division has been declared “Rajdhani route” by the Railway Board. Several pairs of Rajdhani Express and super fast trains are running on the Jhajha-Mughalsarai route. The booked speed limit of the Rajdhani Express is 130kmph. But the Rajdhani Express trains have been currently running at 110kmph between Jhajha and Mughalsarai, sources said adding Sampoorna Kranti Express and Garib Rath are two other fast trains running on this route at the maximum permissible speed.
The DRM said railways would make all possible efforts to increase the speed limit up to 130kmph to reduce the journey time on Patna-Delhi and Patna-Howarh routes in particular. It would help railways clear huge traffic rush on Jhajha-Mughalsarai route too. The division is at present coping with the operational needs of about 160 pairs of trains. Keeping this in mind, an increase in the speed limit up to 130kmph will prove to be a boon for passengers too, he said.