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    Cabinet nods for higher train speed for Delhi-Mumbai

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    Cabinet nods for higher train speed for Delhi-Mumbai

    The Union Cabinet approved proposal to increase the speed of trains on the busy New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Howrah routes to 160kmph from the current 130kmph in order to reduce travel time by at least three and half hours, according to a government statement.

    The project, to be executed at an investment of Rs 13,489 crore, is part of the 100-day agenda of the Narendra Modi government in its second term.

    An analysis by the Indian Railways showed that only 0.3% of the over 60,000-km railway network is fit to handle trains running at 160kmph while 5% of it can handle the maximum speed of 130kmph.

    The government has given its approval for increasing the speed of the Delhi-Mumbai route (including Kanpur-Lucknow) to 160 Kmph at a total cost of Rs 6,806 crore by 2022-23. This will ensure improved speed, service, safety and create capacity, read the government statement.

    The estimated cost to upgrade the speed on the Delhi-Howrah route will be Rs 6,684 crore and the work will be completed by 2022-23, according to railway officials .

    This also requires removal of all level-crossings which are being done away with under a separate plan head, according to the railways. The government claims that the project will help boost employment during the construction phase with more than 3.6 crore man-days to be generated directly.

    The railways is also working to increase train speeds in all the routes of Golden Quadrilateral and Diagonals — Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Howrah, Howrah-Chennai, Chennai-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai and Howrah-Mumbai.

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