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Cheers for Indian Railways! Delhi-Mumbai in just 10 hours

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​Cheers for Indian Railways!
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​Cheers for Indian Railways!

In the next four years, you can hope to reach Mumbai from Delhi in just 10 hours boarding a superfast train.

Similarly, the journey from Delhi to Howrah could be completed in just 12 hours.

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​Rajdhani, now the fastest train
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​Rajdhani, now the fastest train

The railways has set the target to increase the maximum speed of trains on these routes to 160 kmph to cut down the travel time between the national capital and financial capital by five hours and save five-and-half-hours' journey time between Delhi and Kolkata.

The fastest trains now (Rajdhani) can run at maximum speed of 130 kmph.

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​Project cost
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​Project cost

This is among the clutch of proposals that the railways has finalised as a part of its 100-day agenda under the second edition of the Narendra Modi government.

The railways estimates to spend about Rs 13,500 crore in shoring up the national transporter's infrastructure over the next four years.

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​Shoring up infrastructure
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​Shoring up infrastructure

According to a circular issued by Railway Board chairman, VK Yadav, enhancing the track infrastructure on these two busy routes is necessary as they account for nearly 30% of passenger and 20% of total freight traffic on the rail network.

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​Implementation
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​Implementation

Officials were instructed to initiate immediate action to start implementing the plans by August 31 and the ministry has sent the proposals to the Prime Minister's Office.

Sources said Yadav shared the details of the targets including the plan to bring in private players to run passenger trains on select routes at a meeting of Group of Secretaries on infrastructure.

Railways will open up the passenger segment for private entities and the plan to launch a mega campaign to pursue people to give up the concessions that they can avail while buying tickets.

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​Other proposals
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​Other proposals

Other targets includes obtaining cabinet approval for a digital corridor for railways with provision of 10 MHz spectrum in 700 MHz frequency band for railways which would enable it to increase trains' carrying capacity due to increase speed potential, improve operation during fog and improved security.

Other proposals include providing wifi at all 6,485 railway stations, starting a pilot for an advanced signalling system; jump starting the process redevelopment of 50 railways stations and restructuring of the railway board.

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