Speed is the new mantra for Indian Railways.
After increasing the speed of Bhopal Shatabdi Express between Delhi-Agra to 150km per hour, it is planning the same on Delhi-Kanpur segment for Lucknow Shatabdi Express.
"Preparatory work, including strengthening of tracks, signalling and other related exercise, is going on. Certain areas between Delhi-Kanpur have been identified as sensitive where we have to either erect fence or construct a wall along the lines to ensure the 150km speed at this stretch," said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Railways have constructed walls at some places on Delhi-Agra segment for safety of the train running at high speed.
"It has been decided to increase in phases the speed of other passenger trains including Shatabdi, and express trains connecting major cities. Once major cities are connected with high speed trains, it would be extended to other sectors also," said the official.
The railways had earlier announced its plan to run bullet trains at 250km per hour speed connecting metro cities but it seems the project is not on its priority list considering the high cost involved--an estimated Rs 40,000 crores per corridor.
"The basic aim of enhancing the speed of trains is to reduce the travel time between the cities. While attempts are being made to increase the speed, we are also trying to reduce the number of halts as well.
The railways has shortlisted a few express trains to increase their speed upto 100 km and necessary work is going on for this.