By 2021, you could be assured of getting a confirmed berth on the train of your choice. To make this a reality, the Indian railways is utilizing a two-pronged approach, wherein goods train will be shifted to dedicated freight corridors (DFCs) and infrastructure will be improved for existing tracks so that speed of passengers trains could be maximized. This way, more passenger trains could be run, which would provide more berths for passengers. At present, there’s a huge demand-supply mismatch, which results in hundreds of waitlisted tickets on an everyday basis. It’s difficult to get a confirmed ticket even when you may be trying to book several weeks in advance.
The Indian railways will first target the busiest train routes in the country such as Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that the DFC project is being carried out at a fast pace and infrastructure is also being upgraded on the busy Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes. The DFCs are expected to be launched by December 2019. Infrastructure upgrades will allow train speeds of up to 200 km per hour. “We have earmarked Rs 20,000 crore to strengthen infrastructure and upgrade the signaling system on these two routes in the next 3-4 years,” Prabhu said.