In 2017-18, Indian Railways had the worst punctuality performance in three years. 30 per cent trains ran late in 2017-18, according to official data. From April 2017-March 2018, the punctuality of mail and express trains was 71.39 per cent, down from 76.69 per cent in 2016-17, which is a deterioration of 5.30 per cent.
When Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India looked into the reasons for this delay, it found some serious flaws in government’s Rs 1 lakh crore station redevelopment plans. There isn’t enough space for trains on stations which is the main cause of delays, and little is being done to change that.
In a latest report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, CAG said, “The station development/redevelopment plans mainly address on facilities for the passengers on the station premises and facade of stations only and not on removing constraints and bottlenecks for ensuring timely arrival and departure of trains to/from the stations, which should be one of the most important parameters of the quality of service being provided to the passengers.” Read More
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