Indian Railways re-imagines timetable; 500 trains, 10,000 stops to be scrapped

A new ‘zero-based’ timetable will be implemented by the Indian Railways, wherein approximately 500 regular trains shall be discontinued and about 10,000 stops removed from the timetable post the coronavirus pandemic, and once train services resume normalcy.

Around 15 per cent more freight trains will run on exclusive corridors and the average speed of passenger trains will increase by about 10 per cent, according to a report by The Indian Express.

Through this new adoption, Indian Railways is expected to generate over Rs 1,500 crore and extra earning will come without a change in fares or other charges. According to the internal projections of the Ministry of Railways, this estimated income will be earned because of the new timetable and as a result of operational policy changes.

The timetable has been titled ‘zero-based’ as it will not just re-examine the existing system but re-design operations from scratch, which will be developed by the Railways Ministry and IIT-Bombay experts.

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