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Here’s how Railways plans to make Vande Bharat Trains faster and safer, ET Infra


Indian Railways is set to enhance the speed of Vande Bharat trains, according to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the minister stated that safety fencing will be installed at vulnerable locations to enable the trains to operate at speeds ranging from 110 kmph to 130 kmph. Moreover, for speeds exceeding 130 kmph, safety fencing will be implemented along the entire track.

Vande Bharat trains are known for their semi-high speed capabilities, with the ability to reach speeds of up to 160 kmph. However, due to restrictions related to signalling, track infrastructure, and fencing, Indian Railways has not been able to operate these trains at their maximum speeds.

In response to a query regarding the safety of railway tracks for Vande Bharat trains, posed by BJP MP Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi, the minister underscored the utmost priority given to safety by Indian Railways.

In line with a PTI report, Vaishnaw outlined the comprehensive system in place for inspecting, maintaining, and repairing tracks. This system includes the use of modern track structures, regular patrolling of tracks, ultrasonic flaw detection tests to identify rail flaws, and mechanized track maintenance, among other measures.

Vaishnaw highlighted that safety fencing is mandatory at vulnerable spots for speeds ranging from 110 kmph to 130 kmph, while for speeds exceeding 130 kmph, it is required along the entire track as a minimum standard.

Lodhi also raised concerns about incidents of obstruction on the railway tracks used by Vande Bharat trains, caused by anti-social elements. In response, Vaishnaw informed that four such incidents, involving the placement of foreign objects on the tracks, have been reported from January to November 2023. Legal action has been taken against the individuals responsible for these cases.

The minister further emphasized that the Railway Protection Force (RPF), in coordination with the Government Railway Police (GRP), district police, and civil administration, undertakes various initiatives to ensure the safe operation of trains.

Regarding the introduction of new train services and the provision of stoppages for existing services, including Vande Bharat services, Vaishnaw clarified that these decisions are ongoing processes, influenced by factors such as traffic demand, operational feasibility, and resource availability.

  • Published On Dec 22, 2023 at 08:12 AM IST

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