have identified six principal routes for increasing the speed of trains
touching the four Metropolitcan cities of New Delhi Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai
which carry 58 per cent of freight traffic and 52 per cent of passenger traffic
under Mission Raftar to be launched soon. They constitute hardly 16 per cent of
the total network of the Indian Railways,
mission envisages a target of doubling of average speed of freight trains and
increasing the average speed of all non-suburban passenger trains by 25 kmph in
the next 5 years.
Principal routes have been identified for
raising of speed under Mission Raftar that includes six routes on Golden
Quadrilateral and diagonals namely, Delhi – Mumbai, Delhi – Howrah, Howrah-
Chennai, Chennai – Mumbai, Delhi – Chennai and Howrah – Mumbai.
Golden Quadrilaterals and its Diagonal
routes have been prioritized for replacement of loco hauled short distance
passenger trains by MEMUs/DEMUs having better acceleration and deceleration
characteristics for fast pickup and braking.
The present installed capacity of the two
coach production units involved in manufacturing of Mainline Electric Multiple
Unit( MEMU) and Diesel Multiple unit (DEMU) coaches are as under:-
Name of the Unit
Present installed capacity (Annual)
Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.
Rail Coach Factory(RCF), Kapurthala.
The product mix of coaches i.e DEMUs,
MEMUs, other self propelled coaches and passenger coaches is decided in annual
Production Program as per traffic requirements.
These six routes would require about 1200 MEMU coaches and 200 DEMU
coaches. DEMU/MEMU coaches to be inducted progressively on balance routes of
the Indian Railways.
was disclosed by the Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain in a written
reply to a question in Rajya Sabha last week.