Safety and hassle free travel became the top priorities of the Indian Railways under the PM Modi government. After a string of accidents and heavy casualties since 2014, the year 2017-18 saw the number of accidents falling to 73 – the least ever.
There was a 62% reduction in consequential train accidents from 118 in 2013-14 to 73 in 2017-18. Also the replacement and maintenance of old tracks – even if at the cost of efficient mobility – has taken a front seat. There was a 50% increase in track renewal from 2,926 kms in 2013-14 to 4,405 kms in 2017-18.
Also, the Railways reduced the running time of 14 premier trains, including the Rajdhani Expresses from the national capital to Howrah and the Patna and Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi with a upgradation of signalling system on congested routes.
In October 2016, a total of 350 Mails/Expresses and 74 Superfast trains, including Rajdhanis and Shatabdis, were reaching destinations 5-25 minutes before time because of removal of bottlenecks and rationalisation of timetable. Read More
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