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INDIAN RAILWAYS ENHANCES SPEED TO 130 KMPH ON GOLDEN QUADRILATERAL, GOLDEN DIAGONAL SECTIONS

INDIAN RAILWAYS ENHANCES SPEED TO 130 KMPH ON GOLDEN QUADRILATERAL, GOLDEN DIAGONAL SECTIONS

Context

Indian Railway enhanced the maximum speed to 130 kmph for 1,280 km length out of 1,612 Km in Golden Quadrilateral - Golden Diagonal (GQ-GD) route.

Details

  • The enhanced speed limits could be achieved due to the systematic and planned strengthening of track & its infrastructure by removing bottlenecks in these sections on a fast pace.
  • This included heavier rails, laying of 260 meters Long welded rail panels, improvement of curves and gradients among others.
  • The route covers the entire GQ-GD route over the South Central Railway zone, except the Vijayawada - Duvvada section, where a signalling up-gradation task is in progress, according to a recent statement released by the Railway Ministry.

About Railways in India

  • Rail transport is also known as train transport. It is a means of transport, on vehicles which run on tracks (rails or railroads).
  • It is one of the most important, commonly used and very cost-effective modes of commuting and goods carriage over long, as well as, short distances.
  • Indian Railways is among the world’s largest rail networks. Indian Railways route length network is spread over 1,23,236 km, with 13,452 passenger trains and 9,141 freight trains plying 23 million travellers and 3 million tonnes (MT) of freight daily from 7,349 stations.
  • India's railway network is recognized as one of the largest railway systems in the world under single management.

Indian railway has 4 different type of gauges:

a) Broad Gauge (width 1.676 meter)

b) Meter Gauge (width 1.0 meter)

c) Narrow Gauge- (width 0.762 meter)

d) Lift Gauge- (width 0.610 meter)

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