North Central Railway
No. PR/NCR/06/2018 Press ReleaseDate:01.06.2018
NCR Speeded up the traffic in spite of enhanced traffic on its trunk routes
The North Central Railway (NCR) appears to have pulled off a Houdini act by improving the average speed of trains over its routes which are the busiest and over saturated sections of Indian Railways in spite of enhanced freight and coaching traffic along with ongoing infrastructure and safety related maintenance works. The throughput in terms trains has gone up by 15% and 14% in the month of April and May 18 respectively in comparison to corresponding period of last year. This growth is almost 57 freight and 7 coaching mail/express trains per day.
It is pertinent to mention here that Mughalsarai-Ghaziabad section provides a vital link for supply of coal from Eastern coalfields to Thermal Power Plants located in Northern India. Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal has emphasized to ensure adequate supply of coal to the thermal power plants. During summer, there has been an enhanced coal requirement in thermal power stations of Northern India and this increased requirement has led to higher traffic load. For example, the Dadri power plant which was working with supply of 3 rakesper day in last year has increased their requirement to 5 rakes and currently 7-8 rakes per day is being ensured by Railways.
In spite of carrying additional traffic, North Central railway has made a significant achievement by improving the average speed of freight trains by about 14%improvement in heavily saturated Ghaziabad-Mughasarai section during May 18.
While speaking about this achievement Shri M.C. Chauhan General Manager, North Central Railway congratulates the team and says this is an achievement of the Team NCR which could be achieved due to improved operating practices and coordinated efforts and hard work done by the entire team”. He further says, “The optimum utilization of our resources and regular monitoring of operations at Headquarter and Division level has been done to achieve this and we will continue to do the same in future as well ”
It can be said that it is no mean feat to achieve an improvement in speed with enhanced traffic load and NCR has managed to improve both is a worth an honourable mention.