Apr 16, 2018

Railways to build 500km wall along Delhi-Mumbai route to quicken pace of trains

The wall along the Delhi-Mumbai route is aimed at restricting human and cattle interference on the railway tracks which slows down trains. The plan is expected to cost Rs 500 crore.

The train journey between Delhi and Mumbai may soon get smoother with the Central government approving the construction of a 500km boundary wall along the railway track between the two cities in a bid to restrict human and cattle interference that often leads to a reduction in speed, according to senior Indian Railways officials.

This is the first step towards converting the Delhi-Mumbai corridor into a high-speed zone, and track changes allowing express trains to attain the maximum speed of 160km per hour will be undertaken once the wall has been constructed, the officials added.

Currently, trains on this route can clock up to 130km per hour but rarely run at this speed for a considerable period because of the possibility of interference on the track. The fastest train journey between the two cities is the 16 hours it takes the Rajdhani Express to cover the distance.

“The Railway Board has given its approval. A survey will now be conducted to identify the vulnerable areas where the wall needs to be constructed. The fencing will be done in the urban areas and near busy railway stations along the route. The move will help achieving on-time performance and reduce the number of accidents on the route,” said a senior railway officer on the condition of anonymity.

Source - Hindustan Times 

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