Railway Ministry is all set to revise the Railway Network in India!
The Indian railways will probably generate over Rs 1,500 crore after amending the Railway Network in India. Without any additional charges or change in fares, Indian Railways is all set to reach their new goals, which is definitely a real deal for the passengers. The ministry was rewarded with the much-needed time to re-imagine the functioning of the extant railway system, as the functions of trains were halted on account of lockdown due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Once the trains start running back on the tracks, Indian Railway is outlining to remove 10,000 stops and to stop 500 trains under its initiative of ‘zero timetable’. According to the reports of Indian Express, all over 15 percent, more freight trains will run on exclusive corridors and the average speed of regular passenger trains will boost by about 10 percent. Due to the implementation of this new initiative and the magnificent changes in the operation policy, the Ministry of Railways can generate the earnings up to Rupees 1,500 crore, states the internal projections. After the announcement of the Centre’s of adding 100 new passengers’ trains on the intra-state and inter-state routes in Unlock 4.0, the Railway Ministry hence announced this news of the removal of 10,000 stops and 500 trains for the development of Indian Railways.
The zero timetable
The ‘zero timetable’ is constructed to reevaluate the extant railway system and to design the operations of railways from scratch. Zero timetable is designed in such a way that, it ensures the best and efficient utilization of transport resources. The timetable is a product of the Railway Ministry and IIT-Bombay expert developers.
However, a detailed timetable has not been released yet and the details are yet to be announced. The occupancy will be less, with 50 per cent occupancy on an average in a year and which may be merged with alternative or more trains. The chances of this rule to make it on the zero timetable is comparatively less or completely nil. Unless there is a major stop in the way, the long-distance trains will run nonstop for about 200 km.
Altogether, Indian Railway has removed 10,000 stops. Indian railway has removed the stations, and the elimination of the stations is train centric. Every passenger train will run on a model known as ‘Hub and Spoke’, wherein the criteria of the hub is a city with a population of millions or more. Hence long-distance trains will terminate their routes on these routes. A connecting train will link the villages and the hub, therefore as per the timetable, even small villages and the town will be linked to the hub through the means of connecting trains. Changes in the timetable will not affect a suburban railway network like Mumbai locals. The majority of tourist destinations and pilgrimage centers will be recognized as hubs, said a senior Indian Railway official in his statement to Indian Express.
The real deal of zero timetable
It is said that the zero timetable is based on a scientific manner of running the train services. This scientific manner of designing the zero timetable by the IIT- Bombay experts allows the passengers, to create more elbow room for goods and for other fellow passengers too.
The implementation of zero timetable by the Indian railways, will result in the removal of 10,000 stops and 500 trains. According to the experts, the timetable is one of the best designed timetable by the collaboration of the Railway ministry and IIT-Bombay which will result in optimum revenue of 1,500 crores. The bright side of this initiative of timetable is that, there are no extra charges or changes in the prices which makes it more passengers friendly. The problems of passenger like, overcrowding, or carrying goods can be resolved to a maximum extent through this initiative. The ‘Hub and Spoke model’ is one of the best alternatives to cease the crowd and to increase the average speed of reaching the destination. The connecting trains are for sure going to serve as the best and efficient transport resources to link the hubs and small towns and villages. Also, the passenger trains and goods trains will be separated and will be dedicated to different paths. The corridor blocks, that is the maintenance of trains and tracks will be allotted different time slots where the traffic will not be allowed in a particular section for a particular amount of time. However, the minute details of Zero Timetable are yet to be released by the Ministry of Railways and will be soon released by the center.
In this time of lockdown due to ongoing pandemic, Indian railways took an opportunity to upgrade its services. With the help of the experts of the Ministry of Railway and IIT- Bombay it has succeeded to design a timetable known as ‘zero timetable’ for efficiency of passengers as well as the employees of Indian Railways. Zero timetable is designed in a new way, re furnishing the old services designed by the Indian Railways. The zero timetable will come in action after the Center permits the transportation of the trains for common people.
According to the Zero timetable, Indian Railways has removed 10,000 stops and also removed 500 trains. The Hub and Spoke model have been introduced, and a number of places that satisfy the criteria of being a hub are been mentioned in the Zero Timetable. Indian Railways Decision to remove stations will result in economic development as per its estimated revenue value. The differentiation of paths of goods and passenger will result is less crowding and is perfect for segregating the crowd. Also, a scheduled timetable of different time slots will help you to reach the destination more efficiently. In order to provide a desirable and hassle-free travelling time, Indian Railways has introduced the ‘Zero Timetable’ initiative, with a decision of removing 10,000 stops and 500 trains. Indian Railways is taking this initiative to evaluate Railway services.