Journey time between Mumbai and Chennai will be reduced by at least 45 minutes in the near future, Indian Railways said, as the railways complete electrification works of the entire Mumbai-Chennai road.
“Progressing rapidly towards a greener future! The main Mumbai-Chennai road is now fully electrified, following the completion of the Mohol-Sholapur road in Maharashtra. With this, the 100% electrification of the Golden Quadrilateral-Golden road Diagonal de IR has been completed,” the Ministry of Railways tweeted on Friday.
Between Mumbai and Chennai, there are three daily trains – a weekly train on Saturdays and a super-fast weekly train on Mondays which takes the minimum time of 21 hours 35 minutes.
Confirming the development, a senior Central Railway officer said: “Now there is no need to change the engine of these trains mid-route. All these trains will now run end-to-end powered by electric locomotives “.
“Previously, these trains partially ran on diesel locomotives, therefore, it was necessary to change the engine in two places, which took almost 30 to 45 minutes,” officials added.
“For the speed of trains running on the Mumbai-Chennai route, we held an internal meeting. During the meeting, we wrote to other zonal railways, including South Central Railways and from the south, for the change in their schedule,” said a senior CR officer.
“After the schedule change, the travel time of trains running between Mumbai and Chennai will be reduced up to 45 minutes. The whole process will take around 5-6 months,” he added.
“Out of about 1,270 kilometers, only a 27 km stretch remains, which will be completed in a few months. Work is in full swing now,” said an RC officer.
In addition to this, under the National Rail Plan (NRP), the process of upgrading works on the Chennai-Delhi and Chennai-Mumbai lines, which have been listed among the seven high-density routes, will be carried out, which ensures that trains on these routes can run at speeds of up to 160 km/h.
Measures include laying additional lines, constructing flyovers and introducing automatic signaling and collision control systems along the entire route by 2031.
Work will be carried out in phases, but train speeds are expected to increase where major bottleneck sections have been removed, a railways official said, adding that the aim was to make the lines capable of running trains at 160 km/h. This means that the average speed will increase significantly from the current 70 km to over 100 km.
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Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2022, 8:18 PM IST