The Indian Railways on Tuesday achieved 100 per cent punctuality for the first time in the history of Railways. All the 201 trains on July 1 ran on time, said the Indian Railways.
During this ongoing lockdown, Indian Railway is running special trains to ferry passengers stranded or those traveling out of necessity. These are specific routes across the country devised to facilitate movement amid the outbreak.
Indian Railways further said that the previous best was recorded on June 23 99.54 per cent punctuality. On 23rd June only one train was delayed. But on July 1, Indian Railways achieved 100% punctuality with all its 201 trains on time.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Railway formally started its plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains on its network by inviting requests for qualifications (RFQ).
Is 100 per cent punctuality a big achievement?
The point to note here trust is that currently very few trains are running and the punctuality of the Railways can hardly be compared. Moreover, 100 per cent punctuality has been achieved by the railways just by running 230 passenger trains only.
Why do trains get late, anyway?
There are many reasons for the delay. Sometimes, unexpected situations like the failure of assets like the signaling system and overhead power equipment delay the train. While sometimes breakdowns can occur, related to rolling stock, tracks, etc., that make a train lose time along the way.
Also, we can’t ignore the problems like run-over cattle and humans, on the railway tracks.
What have the Railways been doing to tackle the problem?
As per the Railway spokesperson, the railways have been maintaining the tracks during the COVID period also, so the average speed has increased.
Another reason includes proper planning and operations analysis.
The Railways are working on a “zero-based timetable”. Under this concept, which is to be introduced shortly, every train that enters the network is justified based on needs and costs.