Mumbai: It has been reported that the Central government has given its nod for the construction of a 500-km boundary wall along the railway track between Delhi and Mumbai. This would make the train journey on the route trouble-free as human and cattle interference on the tracks that often lead to a reduction in speed would be restricted, informed a senior Indian Railways officials.
Railway has taken the move as a first step towards converting the Delhi-Mumbai corridor into a high-speed zone. An official said that the track changes would allow express trains to attain the maximum speed of 160km per hour.
At present, the trains on this route can clock up to 130km per hour but rarely run at this speed for a considerable period because of the possibility of interference on the track. The fastest train journey between the two cities is the 16-hour Rajdhani Express.
On the condition of anonymity, a senior railway officer said, that the Railway Board has given its approval. “A survey will now be conducted to identify the vulnerable areas where the wall needs to be constructed. The fencing will be done in the urban areas and near busy railway stations along the route. The move will help achieving on-time performance and reduce the number of accidents on the route,” the officer added.
Ashwani Lohani, Railway Board chairman, confirmed the move to the media, adding that the fencing would be done in urban areas along the 1,384-km route.
As per the information available, the project will cost Rs 500 crore and the Railways is working on a plan to implement a similar model on Delhi-Kolkata route, the official added.