Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways is going to completely change its time table. According to a report by the Indian Express, with the introduction of the new timetable, Indian Railways is going to stop about 500 regular trains and eliminate 10,000 stops. The new timetable will be adopted when the Corona epidemic ends and passenger train service will return to normal. The report said that with zero-based timetables, Railways wants to increase its annual earnings by more than 1,500 crores.
The average speed of passenger train service will increase
According to the internal assessment of the Railway Ministry, this estimated additional earnings will come without increasing the fare or other charge. This will be a by-product of the time table and will be the result of a change in the operational policy.
After the implementation of this timetable, 15 percent more freight trains will be able to run at faster speeds in the Exclusive Corridor. With this, it is also estimated that the average speed of passenger train service will increase by about 10 percent in the entire network of Indian Railways. The purpose of thinking of the operation from the beginning is with the help of the new zero-based timetable of Indian Railways developed with the experts of IIT Bombay.
Time Table Highlights
According to the report, the zero-based time table works with the fact that with the presence of every train, the station halt has to be provided on the basis of providing better transportation with available resources. According to the sources given in the report, here are some things about the timetable-
- Trains will not run with an average attendance of less than 50 percent in a year. If needed, such train services will be combined with other trains which will be more popular.
- There will be no stop for long-distance trains which are 200 kilometres from each other unless there is a big city on the way. Nearly 10 thousand stops have been selected to end. However, according to officials, they will be removed in only a few trains and there will be another train for these stations.
- All passenger train services will be operated on the Hub and Spock model. Cities with a population of 10 lakh or more, where long trains end, will be hubs. According to the timetable, small spaces will be connected to the hub via connecting trains.
- The arrival of new timetables will not affect suburban networks such as Mumbai local trains.