NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The much-awaited new route of Indian Railways iconic semi-high speed Train 18 might take a little longer to become operational. During the recent trial run on its new route between New Delhi and Katra on July 22, loopholes were found in 13 areas.
After the trial run, Indian Railways team experts have submitted a report regarding the issue to the higher officials of the Northern Railways (NR) zone.
The NR zone had conducted the confirmatory oscillograph car runs (COCR) trial of the new Vande Bharat Express on the Delhi-Katra route. The Indian Railways administration has directed the concerned authorities to remove the loopholes as soon as possible. It is now expected that the train operations on this route will begin after the shortcomings are removed.
According to the report, the shortcomings observed during the trial run were because the new Train 18’s speed had to be reduced during the trial run owing to crowding on gates.
According to the report, during the trial run on July 22, the system-wise arrangements were not observed at several railway gates on the Delhi-Katra route.
No gate among them was Ludhiana’s Giaspura railway gate, which has been warned for improvement of systematic arrangements by the railway authorities. These gates often witness a lot of crowds as people cross beneath the gates.
This creates a high possibility of accidents, hence preventing the train from attaining speeds of 130 km. Hence, during the trial run, the speed of the train had to be reduced due to the crowd.