Ludhiana: The Speed of the trains would be updated soon by Northern Railways to make the passenger reach to their destinations in lesser time by the start of next year on January 2017 as the trials are over. At first the speed of the trains on short route would be increased and after that on far-away distances. In them, the fastest trains of India Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express are also included for which tracks would be repaired.
The Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, Anuj Parkash Ludhiana said that on the local routes where there is no electrification of the tracks such as the Ludhiana-Ferozepur trains take a lot of time to reach the destination so the railways have decided to increase speed of the trains by the start of the next year in the Northern Region.
The speed on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur and Ludhiana-Jhakhal routes would be increased to 95 km per hour from the existing 80 km per hour. Similar is case with the Ferozepur-Jalandhar and Amritsar-Ferozepur routes. Routes like Phillaur-Nakodar, Nakodar Lohian, and Jhakhal-Hisar, speed would be increased from the existing 75 to 90 km per hour.
It is pertinent to mention that till date the highest speed on the New Delhi-Amritsar track is 110 kms and according to railway authorities, they would now be able to run trains on this route at 120 to 130 km per hour mainly Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express on the route.
The passengers at Ludhiana Railway Station showed the happiness over the news of increasing the speed as they would be able to reach to their destinations soon than earlier. “Its the need of the hour that the speed of the trains should be increased to upgrade the railways. The trains in the foreign countries have reached more than 400 km per hour speed we have not even reached 150 km per hour speed”, said Rajesh Kashyap, a railway passenger who is a student.