Curated By: Business Desk
Last Updated: December 16, 2023, 18:02 IST
The nation’s railroads carry about 2 crore passengers each day.
A solution is being developed that will completely solve the issue of waiting lists nationwide.
One of the biggest inconveniences, while deciding to travel by rail, is the long waiting list and the uncertainty of getting a confirmed ticket. It is notable that trains travelling to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are crowded with people during holidays like Holi, Diwali, and Chhath. Many months in advance, trains fill up, with hundreds of people put on a lengthy waiting list. Both the passengers and the railways have been dealing with this headache and struggle for a long time. Railroads work tirelessly to give passengers the best amenities possible. Now, according to Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, a solution is being developed that will completely solve the issue of waiting lists nationwide.
The Minister reportedly told Economic Times that although there is a substantial increase in train passengers, every effort is being made to guarantee a seat for each and every one of them. For this reason, work on buying new trains is moving quickly, and a total of Rs 1 lakh crore will be spent on it. Within the next four to five years, it will be allocated, and within the following ten to fifteen years, there will be an increase in the number of trains.
Currently, the nation’s railroads carry about 2 crore passengers each day. Railways runs 10,754 trains a day for this purpose. The need for waiting lists across the nation will be eliminated if an additional 3,000 trains are added. Although 568 trains operate more frequently now than they did prior to the Covid-19 period, this is still insufficient to accommodate 100 crore passengers a year. According to Railways predictions, 1,000 crore people will begin using trains every year by 2030. The waiting list will disappear entirely if there is a thirty percent rise in the number of trains.
According to Ashwini Vaishnaw, the railways are getting ready to replace thousands of outdated trains whose speeds cannot be increased. Approximately 6,000 kilometres of track will become available after a specific route, or dedicated goods corridor, for goods trains is established. There won’t be any issues with expanding the number of trains, since this will free up more routes for passenger trains to operate on.
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