The Odisha train accident dealt a blow to the image of the BJP government. However, when it comes to the Indian railways under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership, there is no doubt that significant progress has been made in the past nine years. The government has modernized the railways, airports, and other infrastructure, transforming the face of transportation in the country.
Indian Railways stands as the world’s third-largest train network, with an extensive rail line spanning over 66,000 km across India. Since its establishment in 1853, the network has witnessed substantial expansion.
Let’s take a closer look at the notable changes implemented in Indian Railways during the Modi government’s tenure:
Introduction of Vande Bharat Express:
The government introduced semi-bullet trains in various states, incorporating modern amenities and an upgraded appearance to cater to the needs of the people. The development and production of Train 18 took place at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. It was subsequently rolled out in 2018 and later renamed Vande Bharat Express. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first Vande Bharat Express train between New Delhi and Varanasi on February 15, 2019.
KAVACH Anti-Collision Technology:
To minimize collisions between trains, the Indian Railways developed KAVACH, a new technology. This system utilizes a network of devices installed on two trains moving towards each other, effectively preventing collisions. The devices utilize radio technology and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to precisely assess the course of two trains at a “collision risk” and automatically initiate the braking system, ensuring passenger safety.
The speed of Indian Railways was once considered relatively low. However, the introduction of Vande Bharat Express brought about a change in this perception. With a speed reaching approximately 180 kmph, the Bhopal-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express operates at a maximum speed of 130 kmph due to various constraints. However, future versions of Vande Bharat Express are expected to achieve a top speed of 220 kmph. It’s not just Vande Bharat Express that has contributed to speed enhancement.
Under the Modi government’s tenure, a remarkable milestone of electrifying 37,011 Route Kilometers (RKM) of tracks has been achieved. In comparison, between India’s independence and 2014, only 21,413 RKMs of tracks were electrified.
The Modi government’s focus on modernizing and improving Indian Railways has brought about substantial advancements in terms of speed, safety, and electrification. These developments signify a significant transformation in the country’s transportation infrastructure.