Mobility Directorate to focus on increasing speed of trains
In a move aimed at keeping a track on train mobility and help in increasing the speed of trains on identified sectors, the Ministry of Railways has set up a new department called ‘Mobility Directorate’.
According to a senior railway official, the department will focus on increasing the speed of passenger and freight trains. The official added that the Mobility Directorate is part of the ‘Mission Raftaar’ initiative announced in the Rail Budget 2016-17 by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
The Directorate has been tasked to identify and prioritise the corridors for running trains on higher speed. The Railways had in the Budget also announced ‘Tejas’, envisaging trains running at 130 km speed. Besides, the public transporter is planning to bring freight trains under timetable. The Directorate will also consider various options to decongest the identified stretches.
The Directorate will also look into various modalities, including timetable issues pertaining to speed of coaches, asset failure affecting mobility and corrective measures, replacement of locomotives hauled by DEMU/EMU, condition of rolling stock and speed potential besides other low cost initiatives like LBH coaches etc.