Currently, Rajdhani Express is the fastest train on the Mumbai-Delhi route, covering the distance in about 15 hours.
The Western Railway (WR) has launched the groundwork for several projects that will help boost the speed of outstation trains, including the Mumbai Central- New Delhi Rajdhani Express. The premium passenger train currently takes 15 hours to travel from Mumbai to the National Capital Delhi. With the latest developments, this duration will be cut down by 3 hours, making it a 12-hour long journey.
Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express to get a speed boost
Pegged to the fastest trains along the Mumbai-Delhi route, the Rajdhani Express is set to cut down more travel time in the near future. Reportedly, a development scheme worth ₹11,188 crores along the Mumbai-Delhi map will help the train to race at 160 kilometres per hour (kmph), instead of the present 110-130 kmph.
With this budget, the WR plans to strengthen railway tracks, lay geogrids and geotextiles on the route and construct compound walls along the railway line to prevent encroachment and trespassing. An anti-collision system will also be installed to avoid accidents, read reports. The project is expected to complete by March 2024.
The development program will be launched in packets, increasing the train speed on the 1,474 km-long distance between Mumbai and Delhi in patches. The train will ply at a faster speed between Mumbai Central and Nagda in Madhya Pradesh (693km), Vadodara and Ahmedabad (95km), Nagda and Mathura (545km).
The Northern Central Railway will be responsible for conducting work between Mathura and Palwal, Haryana (82km), while speed tracks between Palwal and New Delhi (57km) will be laid down by the Northern Railway.
Installing anti-collision systems & stabalising tracks
Besides speed tracks, work for the installation of the anti-collision system has also been initiated in full swing. This too, will be worked in patches, on railway sections between Virar-Vadodara, Vadodara-Ratlam and up to Nagda stations on the Mumbai- New Delhi route. The mechanism uses infrared waves on tracks to activate an alarm, reduce the speed of the train and alert the local pilot of any incoming train if any foreign object is spotted. This will automatically reduce the chances of a train collision.
Meanwhile, work regarding the strengthening and up-gradation of tracks, with a deep screening of the route has also started. As per the WR, ballast cleaning machines have been deployed between Churchgate and Virar stations for the same. Additionally, the WR has also decided to set down Geogrids and geotextiles inside the tracks to stabilise and reinforce the tracks to strengthen them against heavy damage.
Construction work of compound walls along the tracks line has also started, reported a senior WR official. Separate tenders for different railway development projects, across various departments are running here, he added.
Increasing the train speed will cut down on travel time, carving a convenient way of travel for commuters. The Passengers' Association has also stated that similar works will be launched on other routes too. The development schemes will be flagged off with a focus to enhance and polish rail connectivity, easing access and saving the precious time of the travellers.