Railways released its new All India Railway Time Table known as “TRAINS AT A GLANCE (TAG)” effective from Monday.
The new time table includes— 1 Vande Bharat Express train, 34 Humsafar Express trains, 11 Antyodaya Express trains, 2 Tejas Express trains, 1 Uday Express train.
3.In addition to the ‘’Trains at a Glance”, all the 17 Zonal Railways have also released their respective Zonal Railway Time Tables (5 Zonal time tables in all, each Zonal Time Table comprising 3-4 Zonal Railways) which will also come into effect from today.
The time table highlights various initiatives of the Railways as more than 34,200 Special train trips were run during 2018-19 to clear extra rush and meet passenger demand. About 500 coaches were permanently augmented in about 300 trains to increase the carrying capacity.
It also includes 1 Vande Bharat Express train, 34 Humsafar Express trains, 11 Antyodaya Express trains, 2 Tejas Express trains, 1 Uday Express train which have already been introduced have been incorporated in the new Time Table, an official statement here said.
A review of the lie over periods of rakes at different destinations revealed that rakes of some of the trains were idling at the terminals.
Some of these have been utilised for providing 40 new services, extension of 21 services and increase the frequency of eight services.
To provide sufficient time for the maintenance of the fixed infrastructure like track structure, signalling gears, overhead equipment, provision of fixed corridor blocks have been made in the Working Time Tables by rationalizing the timings of existing trains. Zonal Railways have incorporated traffic corridor blocks of 2.5 to 4 hours duration in the new Working Time Table (WTT).
In addition, 5 to 6 hours mega block has also been worked out in different sections of each Division on one day of the week (preferably Sunday) to carry out major maintenance works are incorporated in new WTT. In these mega blocks, all maintenance works including civil, over head traction (OHE), signal & telecommunication will be undertaken by pooling of resources to achieve maximum output. This will not only improve the reliability of the assets but also enhance the passenger safety, it added.
A root cause analysis of the reasons for loss of punctuality has been carried out for trains regularly running late and necessary changes in the time table have been incorporated to improve punctuality. In addition spare rakes have been formed at important terminals to provide additional spare rake to replace the late arriving incoming rake. This will ensure right time start of the trains arriving late at major terminals.
The rakes at different maintenance depots have been standardized by integration of the rake links to improve flexibility in operations and thereby help in improving punctuality. This will lead to further improvements in rake utilization, improving punctuality, minimizing rescheduling and saving of slots in the pit lines. The overall earnings of Indian Railways will improve due to better rake turnaround and improved flexibility of train operations. As on July 1, about 1000 rakes out of 2700 have been standardized or integrated, the statement read.
Not only this, as part of Mission Raftaar, 261 trains have been speeded up (by upto 110 minutes) over different Zonal Railways thereby providing a faster transit to the passengers.
The short distance passenger trains especially having reversal en route are being replaced by Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMUs) & Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs). In the year 2018-19, 141 number of conventional passenger services have been replaced by MEMUs/DEMUs thereby increasing the overall mobility of the system.
The Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches provide more comfortable and safe journey. To improve the travel experience, a total of 411 pairs of important long distance trains are presently running with LHB coaches by utilising 465 rakes.