Indian Railways is set to increase the speed of trains to 160 kmph to cut the travel time between New Delhi and Kolkata by at least two and a half hours. Presently, the shortest travel time on the route 1525 kms is Rajdhani Express which takes 17.5 hours to travel through Gaya in Bihar. At high speed, the train will be able to complete the same journey in less than 15 hours.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the plan to reduce the travel time between the two stations will be part of the Indian Railways’ ambitious project, Mission Raftaar, which aims to travel time in busy stretches by running passenger trains at speeds of up to 160 kmph. .
Earlier the highest allowed speed of the route was 130 kmph. The work to increase the sectional speed to 160 kmph along New Delhi-Howrah (including Kanpur-Lucknow) has already been sanctioned.
“Passengers traveling via New Delhi and Howrah route will be able to reach their destination at least two and a half hours to three hours earlier as the speed of the train will be increased from the existing 85 kmph to a maximum of 160 kmph.” A railway official told HT.
Indian Railways will improve the preparation of tracks for high speed by way of fencing, overhead equipment modification and automatic train protection on the route.
The overhead equipment will use the latest technology used by countries such as France, Germany, South Africa and China.
A similar plan to cut travel time is already being implemented on the 1,483-km-long New Delhi-Mumbai route. The Railways expects the travel time between Mumbai and Delhi to be reduced by at least one hour after the completion of the project.
The plan to increase the speed of trains on the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Howrah routes under Mission Raftaar was introduced with a deadline of September 2023. However, Indian Railways seemed hopeful of completing the task before the deadline.
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