With more customised trains such as Antyodaya Express, Uday Express and Tejas Express on the anvil for passengers over the next 12 years, the Indian Railways has started introduction of ‘mega blocks’ for maintenance as per the new time table to be in effect starting Independence Day.
In a release on Tuesday, the transporter said its publication Trains at a Glance to be released on Wednesday has taken into account a new Antyodaya Express (a train having unreserved and general coaches only), two Tejas Express trains (semi-high speed fully air-conditioned) and two Uday Express trains(air-conditioned chair car double-decker train).
The new time table has also made provisions for the maintenance of fixed infrastructure such as track structure, signalling gears, overhead equipment and planned blocks of 2.5-3 hours on corridors have also been factored in. The duration of corridor blocks will be about 292 hours more in a year from now compared with last year. In addition, mega blocks of 4-5 hours (mostly on Sundays) have also been introduced to carry out major works including civil, over head traction , signal and telecommunication. Read more