As many as 48 trains have been speeded up
to the superfast category with average speed of 55 kilometres per hour during the
current financial year. About one thousand eight hundred kilometres of railway
track was electrified till December 2017 against the target of four thousand
kilometres set for the financial year ending next month, Minister of state for
railways Rajen Gohain informed the Rajya sabha last week.
In a written answer he said speeding up
of trains is a constant endeavour and continuous process in Indian Railways
(IR) and is dependent on constant optimization of the investments made by
Railways in modernization of technology, high powered locos, modern coaches and
As on April one last year, 25367 route
kilometer of railway routes are commissioned on electric traction (electrified). Further, 1733 route kilometer have been
commissioned on electric traction till December 2017 during the year 2017-18
against the target of 4000 route kilometer.
It has been planned to complete the work
of fitment of Bio toilets in all passenger coaches by the end of the year
Regarding improving the look and feel of
coaches, it has been decided to progressively convert all conventional coaches
to LHB coaches and the following steps are being taken: Various premium
services like Humsafar, Tejas, Antyodaya and coaches like DeenDayalu and
Anubhuti, which have improved passenger amenities, have been introduced in
The Railways has launched Project Swarn
with the objective of significantly improving the passenger experience. In
total, 14 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi trains will be covered. The work is already underway at various
divisions of IR.
Two rakes of Shan-e-Bhopal Express (Train
No. 12155/12156) between Delhi and Bhopal have been upgraded at division
level. Upgradation of 66 trains (140
rakes) in divisions on lines of Shan-e-Bhopal Express shall be taken up from
the year 2018-19 onwards.
The Railways has planned to improve the
interior of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) design coaches. New interiors with
better facilities will be provided in the existing coaches by refurbishing them
during Mid Life Rehabilitation (MLR). Work in 700 such Model rake coaches is
being progressively carried out, out of which more than 100 Model rake coaches
have already been turned out.