The Railway Today
The twenty-first century is an era of speeds. Nowadays, everyone focuses on how to make our life easier and how to make our tasks quicker. Not only the common man but also the officials and the lawmakers are also trying hard to blend in this age of the internet. So they are launching new sorts of trains, better and time efficient methods of booking the tickets and paying for them. They are interested in reducing the travel time of the common man by increasing and investing in the speed of trains, bringing in international brands of locomotives that run faster. India is also trying to be ten steps ahead of others in this game of satisfying its public. This article sheds some light on the reforms our railway ministry has been doing to make our life easier.
The Golden Quadrilateral of the Indian Railways
First of all, most of us might not be aware as to what is the Golden Quadrilateral of the Indian Railways. So to put it in easy words, it is a highway network that connects the main industrial, agricultural and cultural centers of India. The quadrilateral is mainly formed by connecting the major cities- Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, and Kolkata. Other small cities and towns fall in the way. Many people commute to and fro in this route and so do the trains that carry various goods that are the major objectives of trade between these cities. A lot of time is wasted usually in traveling. That’s why the officials of the Indian Railway are trying to bring up some changes and make traveling quicker. Lately, the Indian Railways has launched the Gatimaan Express which aims at increasing the speed of the trains to about 160 kilometers per hour. This express train connects Delhi and Agra. Since this has been a successful launch, now the Indian Railways is taking up the job of increasing the speed of trains that connect Delhi to Mumbai and Delhi to Howrah which form major routes of the Golden Quadrilateral of India. This task is a part of the Mission Raftaar Project that aims at speeding up the locomotives in the 9000-kilometer trunk routes of the country. So the plan is to strengthen the tracks, upgrade the signaling system, fencing off some vulnerable stations in the country and finally increasing the speed of the trains. Currently, the Delhi-Howrah routes are used by about 120 passenger trains and 100 goods trains every day. And coming to the Delhi and Mumbai routes, a total of 90 passenger trains and the same number of goods trains go through each day. Once this project is put into place, the officials are even planning to increase the number of passenger trains to make it easy for the public to commute. The said budget for these sectors is about 10,000crore rupees and the work is being planned to finish in 3 years.