Train 18 is likely to run on Pune-Mumbai route

Sushant Ranjan
Thursday, 31 January 2019

“The demand of Pune’s passengers will be fulfilled. They will enjoy the high speed train journey,” Sharma said.

PUNE: Lakhs of passengers travel every day from Pune to Mumbai by early morning trains. The trains takes 3 hours 15 minutes to reach Mumbai. Now, the passengers and railway activists are demanding starting of high speed trains like Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express between these two cities which will save around half an hour. Central Railway (CR) General Manager DK Sharma said this route cannot be ignored and the demand of the high speed train will be fulfilled.

Sharma and a team of senior railway officials were visiting Pune on Tuesday to conduct annual inspection. During the visit, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deouskar, Commissioner Railway Safety AK Jain, all heads of departments, officers of the Pune division, including Chief Public Relations Officer Sunil Udasi and others were present.

“Pune is one of the favourite places for all. The city is an education hub and a cultural place. The Railways cannot ignore it. We have started high speed trains from Mumbai,” he said.

“The demand of Pune’s passengers will be fulfilled. They will enjoy the high speed train journey,” Sharma said.

The semi-high speed or high speed train is in demand for past few months, after the government launched the Bullet Train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Harsha Shah, President, Railway Pravasi Manch, said they are demanding a new semi-high speed train between these two cities. 

“I have written to the railway officials and demanded a semi-high speed or high speed train to run between Pune and Mumbai. On Tuesday, the GM and his team conducted speed trial run between Malvali and Vadgaon by running at 126 kmph when current speed in the section is only 110 kmph and Hadapsar-Urli and Urli-Patas. Now, they can start high speed train. It will reduce the time taken to reach Mumbai,” Harsha said.

PUNE-MUMBAI AMONG SELECTED BUSY ROUTES
- The Ministry of Railways selected 12 new routes in the country, which are considered the fastest and most busy corridors. 
- A German survey team has made the feasibility study report for the Chennai-Mysore High-Speed Rail corridor. 
- A feasibility report is being prepared for many tracks including New Delhi-Bhopal, New Delhi-Mumbai, Pune-Mumbai, Hyderabad-Chennai, Prayagraj-Patna, Bengaluru-Chennai-Thiruvanthapuram.

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