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Rain won't slow Goa trains

india Updated: Jun 14, 2010 01:56 IST
Rajendra Aklekar
Rajendra Aklekar
Hindustan Times
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Experience a hi-speed coastal train journey along India's western coast this monsoon.

Konkan Railway trains will whiz past more than 250 km of the total 738 km distance at a speed of 90 kmph and the rest at 75 kmph.

"The Konkan Railway has spent a massive amount of Rs 26.39 crore to ensure safety measures before the onset of monsoon, including stabilising rock cuttings and make the track safer for travel," said a senior KR official.

He added: "Following trials, the chief commissioner of railway safety has relaxed the speed restrictions for this year's monsoon timetable. The timetable will come into effect from June 15."

The chief commissioner of railway safety has approved the increase in train speed from 75 kmph to 90 kmph for the current monsoon period between the 128-km stretch of Kankavali —Madgaon and the 135-km stretch of Kumta —Udupi sections.

"On rest of the sections, the trains will run at 75 kmph," he added.

"In case of heavy rainfall and impaired visibility, instructions have been issued to drivers to observe 40 kmph speed as a precautionary measure," he said.

The Konkan Railway has planted vetivar saplings and also put high-strength steel boulder nets along the route.

Started four years ago as a measure to stabilise hundreds of soil cuttings on its route, Konkan Railway has planted more than 1 crore grass saplings all along its route, covering an area of approximately 12 lakh square metres.

It has not just helped the railways prevent soil erosion and make the cuttings on its route stable, but also indirectly added to the green cover along the route.