Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Rajdhani to Delhi daily from May-end

Railways are all set to run the bi-weekly Patna-New Delhi Rajdhani Express (2309-2310) daily by the end of this month.

Railway minister Lalu Prasad had announced increase in its frequency in the rail budget presented in the Lok Sabha on February 26.

According to Danapur DRM Pankaj Jain, the division is fully prepared to run the prestigious train daily. Though a date is yet to be decided, the change is likely to be effected after May 20 with no change in the load combination of 14 coaches.

"We are already running two other prestigious trains — Sampoorna Kranti Express and Garib Rath — on the Patna-Delhi route daily with full occupancy," Jain said, adding the railways have also increased the speed limit up of all superfast trains on the route to 110-120 kmph.

He said the Railway Board has been monitoring the movement of each train either terminating at or passing through Patna Junction to maintain punctuality.

The division has of late been receiving several pairs of long-distance trains from various railway zones behind the schedule. Most of the trains originating from Patna Junction get a bit late due to their late arrival in the division. "The board has directed all railway zones concerned to maintain punctuality," the DRM said. According to sources, the ECR has set up a cell at the headquarters level at Hajipur to monitor the run of each mail and express train either originating from or passing through its five divisions. However, the main focus is on Patna Junction with the railway minister recently directing the officials concerned to improve punctuality of trains here.

The DRM said railways have been carrying out both primary and secondary maintenance of passenger coaches in the division. While primary maintenance takes at least five to six hours for the entire rake to get ready for a run, the secondary maintenance consumes about two to three hours to make the entire rake fit for its departure. This maintenance is a must from safety point of view, he said.

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