New Delhi, April 16: The reasons that end up slowing trains in India are many but none more strange than cattle and other animals (sometimes, humans too) straying on railway tracks due to which trains have to often reduce their speed. But there is good news for both Railways as well as passengers who travel on Delhi-Mumbai route as the Central government has approved the construction of a 500 km boundary wall or safety fence on Delhi-Mumbai railway route that will stop cattle or other vehicles from coming on the railway tracks. The move is expected to reduce accidents on the route along with cutting on speed reduction of trains as well.
Experts view this as one of the many initiatives that the Railways will take to turn the Delhi-Mumbai corridor into a high- speed corridor. A report by English daily Hindustan Times mentions that the move is expected to increase the speed of trains on the Delhi-Mumbai corridor from the presently possible speed of 130km per hour to 160km per hour. A railway officer was quoted by the newspaper saying that approval had been given for the project and that vulnerable areas would be identified. Fencing will soon start confirmed the source to the paper.
The current fastest train in India is the Gatimaan Express with a top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph), which only runs between Delhi and Agra. And the Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor which is an under-construction high-speed rail line connecting the cities of Ahmedabad and India's economic hub Mumbai, will be India's first high-speed rail line.