How fast are the superfast trains?I am startled at the findings of a report that describes how the Indian railways remain nonchalant about the late running of many superfast trains destined for New Delhi. A number of them moving to the national capital from different states of the country run behind the schedule and the average percentage of adhering to schedule for the past 3 months is around 20%. That means, for every 100 runs, the schedule is maintained in only 20 of them. The winter has just started, but this is going on for some time now even before the development of the foggy conditions in the northern parts of the country. Few of them like Howrah-Anand Vihar express has a really pathetic average and it is found that during the last 3 months it never ran in the schedule.
Many trains were upgraded to the superfast category in recent times and for that, an additional levy of Rs.30-Rs.75 has been added to their fare, but their performance has never been up to the mark. The CAG has made serious observations in its report published in last July saying that many of the trains in the superfast category failed to achieve the average speed of 55 Km/hr. On the other hand, the trains which are passing through Gujarat or begin their journey from that state are maintaining their schedule on an average of 80% during the past 3 months. It seems the railways is capable enough to maintain the schedule but lack the will to implement it widely.
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