अहमदाबाद Ahmedabad (ADI): Western Railway (WR) will take up upgrading of tracks in the high-speed railway corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad on a priority basis. Officials said the work on Ahmedabad-Mumbai corridor will begin from the beginning of next year and is likely to be completed by 2016. Upgrading of tracks would allow superfast trains to travel at speeds of 160 km an hour instead of 100 km an hour. This will reduce travel time between the two cities by Duronto or Shatabdi by nearly 90 minutes.
WR officials said that railway minister D.V.Sadananda Gowda, during this recent visit to Ahmedabad, had issued instructions that work on upgrading of tracks in the high speed corridor be taken up on a priority.
Officials said that only the existing tracks in the high speed corridor need to be strengthened. The project has been successfully tested in the corridor between Agra and Delhi. During the trial run, a train had covered nearly 200 km in just 100 minutes and this included a 10-minute halt.
The officials further said that the distance between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is 446 km. Hence, in all likelihood, it will take just four hours and 30 minutes for a superfast train to cover the distance between the two cities. However, for trains like Duranto and Shatabdi, which have few stoppages, the time taken to cover the same distance will be just four hours, said the officials.
In the railway budget for the year 2014-15 had announced that higher speeds for existing trains will be achieved by upgrading the present network of tracks. The budget had further stated that all effort will be made to increase the speed of trains to 160-200 kmph in select sectors so as to reduce travel time between major cities. Ahmedabad-Mumbai and Mumbai-Goa corridors are among those that are to be upgraded.
Officials said that first passenger high speed train will be flagged off in November and after this work will begin simultaneously between Ahmedabad-Mumbai, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Kanpur together.
Officials said that railways has already designed the high speed coaches needed for running trains at a speed of 200kmph by introducing alterations like automatic outer doors, changes in the braking system and improved vestibules.