Railways

Lack of on-time train arrival an issue: Prabhu

DELHI

Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said that the on time performance of passenger trains has been a matter of concern for several decades while presenting the Railway Budget today. He said that the Railways is taking steps to mitigate the problem.

He said that the Railways has a porous network leading to rampant infiltration by humans and animals. Problems get compounded by congestion on tracks, terminal capacity constraints and asset failures.

He said that the worst affected route on the train network was the busy Ghaziabad to Mughalsarai section through Allahabad and Kanpur which spreads across three Zonal Railways impacting the overall punctuality of the entire network. Prabhu said that the Railways has initiated the audit of operations on this section to improve its performance.

Some improvement is already visible and capacity augmentation in the medium term will further reduce the delays. He said, besides internal reasons, there are also external reasons such as agitations on railway tracks, which lead to punctuality losses. He appealed to fellow citizens to desist from this as it causes loss, not only to the nation but also to them as passengers.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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