Indian Railways Speeds Up 261 Trains Under ‘Mission Raftaar’ To Save At Least 2 Hours For Passengers

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal. (Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Indian Railways has sped up 261 trains by up to 110 minutes over different zones, as part of its ‘Mission Raftaar’ which is aimed at providing faster rail travel to the passengers, reports Economic Times.

The 'Mission Raftaar’ had been announced in the Railway Budget of 2016-17 and envisages a target of doubling the average speed of freight trains, and increasing the average speed of all non-suburban passenger trains by 25 kmph over a course of five years.

Furthermore, the Indian Railways has also added 49 new trains to the new time table which includes the second rake of the much touted Vande Bharat Express, as many as 34 Humsafar Express trains, 11 Antyodaya Express trains, two Tejas Express trains and one Uday Express train.

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The Indian railways has also replaced 141 short distance passenger trains with Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMUs) and Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs) in 2018-2019, thereby increasing the overall mobility of the system.

As per the report, to improve the travel experience of the passengers, a total of 411 pairs of important long distance trains are now running with LHB coaches.

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