Land acquisition and cost overun have derailed Indian Railways’ plan to have all newly laid tracks compatible to run trains at 160 kmph, with zonal railways seeking relaxation of norms.
Railway Board has received several representations from zonal railways for relaxation of the ‘Speed Policy framework for Indian Railways’ in order to ensure that the targets are met in time.
Railway Board had issued policy guidelines last year regarding new line, gauge conversion and doubling.“For new line construction, track geometry should be for 160 kmph and maximum permissible limit (MPS) on opening should be 130 kmph. There should be no level crossings on new lines.
For gauge conversion, doubling, third line, minimum MPS should be 130 kmph with no unmanned level crossings,” the speed policy framework states. Read More