As per the news coming in, soon, Indian Railways traveling between Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata will not have to worry about getting train tickets with the launch of Indian Railways bonanza for passengers.
No More Waitlisted Tickets?
The trains running on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata routes will be free from waitlisted tickets in the next five years as informed made by Chairman of Railway Board, Vinod Kumar Yadav recently.
In a PTI report he was quoted saying that at present, Indian Railways is working on three additional dedicated freight corridors (DFCs).
What Is The Plan?
Over the next 10 years, these corridors will be developed at an estimated cost of around Rs 2.6 lakh crore.
The corridors will help Indian Railways free up the existing tracks to run enough passenger trains so that no one gets waitlisted tickets according to Yadav.
He said that the construction of DFCs is under works and some of them are likely to be completed by 2021.
How Would It Be Helpful?
As per the reports, with the opening of these corridors, Indian Railways passengers can expect to travel easily without worrying about waitlisted tickets on the two busiest routes of Indian Railways, Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah.
Yadav informed about the vision of the national transporter saying when DFCs are completed, the existing routes will be freight-free, following which passenger trains can be run on-demand, he said.
While giving more information the Railway Board Chairman further stated that the work to upgrade train speed on these busy routes to 160 km per hour has already been sanctioned.
What About The Execution Plan?
He informed that this will be done in the next four years. The thrust of Indian Railways is to commission DFCs according to Yadav.
As per the reports, the 194 km long Bhadan-Khurja section of Eastern DFC has been completed and from October 2019, commercial trials have started on this corridor.
Apart from that, the 305 km long Rewari-Madar section of Western DFC has been completed as well and from December 2019, commercial trial runs have started on this corridor.
Moreover, the Railway Board Chairman has said that the approval to increase the average speed of passenger trains by 60% has been given which will make train journeys by Rajdhani Express fully overnight.
Modi government’s Cabinet approved the ambitious plan to upgrade two important branches of the Golden Quadrilateral – Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah – to 160 Kmph speed, earlier this year.
The interesting part here is that Indian Railways hopes that train journeys between Delhi-Mumbai will take around 10 hours, and those between Delhi and Kolkata will be completed in 12 hours.