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Indian Railways speeded up 500 Mail Express trains in the new timetable

In the new time table, a slew of premium trains like the Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi-Varanasi and New Delhi-Katra, have also been introduced, the statement said. (Mint)Premium
In the new time table, a slew of premium trains like the Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi-Varanasi and New Delhi-Katra, have also been introduced, the statement said. (Mint)

  • The Indian Railways released its new All India Railway Time Table known as ‘Trains At A Glance (TAG)’ on its official website -- indianrailways.gov.in -- that came into effect on October 1

In the Railways' new timetable, about 500 Mail Express trains have been speeded up and they will now reach their destinations 10 to 70 minutes faster, the Railway Ministry said on Monday.

In new time table, about 500 Mail Express trains have been speeded up. The speeding up of trains is between 10 minutes - 70 minutes. In addition, 130 services (65 pairs) have been speeded up by converting to Superfast category.

Overall the average speed of all trains has increased by about 5% leading to availability of nearly 5% additional paths for operation of more trains.

The punctuality of Indian Railways for Mail Express trains during the year 2022-23 is about 84% which is about 9% more than the punctuality of about 75% achieved during 2019-20.

Highlights of the new time table are as follows:

Indian Railways runs about 3,240 Mail/Express trains which include Vande Bharat Express, Gatimaan Express, Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Humsaafar Express, Tejas Express, Duronto Express, Antyodaya Express, Garib Rath Express, Sampark Kranti Express, Yuva Express, Uday Express, Janshatabdi Express and other types of trains. In addition, about 3,000 Passenger trains and 5,660 suburban trains are also operated over the Indian Railways network. The volume of passengers carried daily is about 2.23 Crore.

To clear extra rush and meet passenger demand, more than 65,000 Special train trips were operated during 2021-22. About 566 coaches were permanently augmented to increase the carrying capacity.

Maximize the utilization of rolling stock:

During review of the lie over of rakes it was observed that the rakes can be better utilized for extending the existing services or increasing the frequency. This would maximize the utilization of the rolling stock and provide better connectivity to the travelling passengers.

During the year 2021-22, 106 new services were introduced, 212 services were extended and frequency of 24 services was increased.

Proliferation of Premium Trains:

At present, Vande Bharat Express trains are operating between New Delhi – Varanasi and New Delhi – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra. One more Vande Bharat Express train has been introduced between Gandhinagar Capital and Mumbai Central w.e.f. 30.09.2022. It has been proposed to introduce more Vande Bharat Express trains over the Indian Railways network.

Tejas Express services offering onboard services like entertainment, local cuisine, wifi etc. are also being proliferated over Indian Railway network. At present, 7 pairs of Tejas Express services are operational over Indian Railways.

Provision of Corridor Blocks in the working Time-Table of the divisions:

To provide sufficient time for the maintenance of the fixed infrastructure like track structure, signaling gears, overhead equipments, it has been planned to ensure provision of fixed corridor blocks. The duration of these corridors blocks will be from 3 hours in each section. This will not only improve the reliability of the assets but also enhance the passenger safety.

Conversion of Rakes ICF to LHB:

The conversion of Mail/Express trains operating with ICF design rakes is being undertaken to improve passenger safety and provide faster transit with better riding comfort. Indian Railways converted 187 Rakes of ICF to LHB for the period of 2021-2022.

Efforts to improve punctuality of late running trains:

Necessary changes in the time table have been incorporated to improve punctuality. Due to concerted efforts the punctuality of Mail/Express trains has improved by about 9% as compared to the punctuality during pre Covid (2019-20).

Standardization of rakes:

The rakes at different maintenance depots have been standardized by integration of the rake links to improve flexibility in operations and thereby help in improving punctuality.

Replacement of conventional Passenger trains with MEMU/DEMU:

In the year 2021-22, 60 number of conventional passenger services have been replaced by MEMUs thereby increasing the overall mobility of the system.

Availability of Trains at a Glance as “e-Book":

As a part of digitalization of train Time Table, Trains at a Glance (TAG) will now also be available as ‘e-Book’ which can be downloaded from IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in & www.irctctourism.com).

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