Date of Post: 09 Oct, 2017
Chennai: In a boost to the Ministry of Railways “Mission Raftar” initiative, a feasibility report is being prepared to increase the speed of trains between Mumbai-Chennai & Howrah-Chennai to 160 kmph. In the Budget 2017-18, earlier, 2 corridors Delhi-Mumbai & Delhi-Howrah were sanctioned at a cost of Rs 21,000 crore (approx US$ 3,230 Million).
Now Railways planning to get approval for these 2 sections in the next budget.
High-speed ‘golden quadrilateral’ Section
- The plan is to launch the High-speed ‘golden quadrilateral’ by August 15, 2022.
- Railways has started the process for initiating a feasibility study to assess detailed cost & requirement for infrastructure upgrade on high-speed ‘golden quadrilateral’ section.
- A railway board official said,“The plan is to have a golden quadrilateral of high speed where trains run at 160 kmph, thus cutting down travel time between the four metro cities. These sectors have very high traffic and upgrade work will be required.”
- The official added,“Once the other two sections get approval, similar systems can be put in place to check derailment. The system will have high-definition infrared camera and will send live pictures of any wheel abnormalities to the control room at the nearest station. Besides, it can also check if there are any extended materials like doors of freight wagons hanging or any other material on the track and these can be corrected immediately.”