Ludhiana: The speed of the trains would be updated soon by the Northern Railways to let the passengers reach their destinations in less time by April. Though, it was supposed to start in January 2017, but due to the elections it has been shifted to the April. The fastest trains of the India Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express would now be even faster.
The Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, Anuj Parkash, Ludhiana said that on the local routes where there is no electrification of tracks such as Ludhiana-Ferozepur trains take a lot of time to reach the destination so railways have decided to increase speed of trains by start of next year in 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 the case with 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 New Delhi-Amritsar track is 110 kms and according to the 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 compared to earlier days. “It is the need of the hour that the speed of trains should be increased to upgrade the railways. The trains in the foreign 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.