In a significant stride toward enhanced efficiency and reduced travel time, Western Railway (WR) officials are executing Mission Raftaar, targeting an impressive speed upgrade on key routes, including Mumbai-Surat-Vadodara-Delhi and Mumbai-Vadodara-Ahmedabad.
Pioneering this transformation, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route is slated to witness a speed surge to 160 kmph, a remarkable advancement from the current 130 kmph.
The estimated cost for this ambitious project within WR’s jurisdiction stands at ₹3959 crores, with officials aiming for completion by March 2024. Renowned trains such as Vande Bharat, Tejas, and Shatabdi Express are expected to benefit from the elevated speeds, reducing the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, currently at six hours.
Mission Raftaar’s broader objective encompasses achieving a maximum speed of 160 kmph for passenger trains, focusing on critical sections like the 1,479 km Delhi-Mumbai and 1,525 km Delhi-Howrah routes. Noteworthy engineering enhancements include the reinforcement of bridge approaches through geocells, with substantial progress already made in completing works on numerous bridges within WR’s jurisdiction.