Travelling on Rajdhanis and Shatabdis is set to get shorter by at least an hour-and-a-half. The railway ministry has set a 2022 deadline by which it plans to cut travel time by 90 minutes in all 64 Rajdhanis and Shatabdis running across India.
The ministry has also proposed to increase the average speed of all other passenger trains from 60 km/h to 80 km/h and the average freight train speed from 24 to 45 km/h. These are among the slew of rail reforms that the ministry wants to undertake in the second term of the Modi government.
The proposals were presented before the then cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha last month by a top panel of secretaries constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thrash out the roadmap for the infrastructure sector in the next five years.
The initiatives come at a time when the Indian Railways is facing stiff competition from budget airlines and the improved network of highways. Read More
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