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Posted: Jul 23 2016 (18:13)

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Jul 23 2016 (17:54)   Train delays least in Tamilnadu, says study

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Chennai: Tamilnadu is second in the list of States in India that has the least amount of average train delays.
According to a research by RailYatri,  a crowd source-driven mobile app, Tamilnadu is one of the States that is faring better in terms of punctuality, while Bihar has recorded the maximum time delay of 61 minutes. Despite this, the analysis says that the time delay has increased within Tamilnadu to 12 per cent.
Based on a comprehensive analysis done over the last six months in more than 2,500 important train stations in India,
RailYatri.in reports that the nationwide train delay average has fallen by nearly 30 per cent since the start of 2016.
However, it also reveals that the average national train delay index still remains high at 35.03 minutes at the end of June 2016.
The study considered more than 1 million train running status data points each month, as reported by train travellers boarding trains at various stations across the country.
RailYatri's definition of train delay index is based on the amount of time a traveller has to wait at a station for the arrival of the train beyond its scheduled arrival time.
It is important to point out here that the worldwide operating definition of train delay index, including Indian Railways, only considers the delay at its final terminating station.
This means that if a train manages to reach its terminating station on time, despite being late at all other intermediate stoppages, the entire run is considered on-time. This explains why trains are given extra buffer time, either just before or close to their last stoppage, so as to help them complete an on-time run.
However, the RailYatri.in study has considered delays at all intermediate stoppages where passengers board the train. "We believe that considering delays at all the stoppages is a more realistic measure and reflects the train traveller's view about the delay on their train journey," explains RailYatri.in co-founder Kapil Raizada.
"Kudos to the new Ministry for putting the spotlight on the perennial train delays which travellers in India have always complained about. The improvement is significant and it seems like the efforts are showing. However, it is a continuous improvement cycle and we are sure that Indian Railways would continue to control and bring the delays to an even more respectable level. Our study has highlighted areas which are chronic under-performers, and we suggest a bottoms-up approach which focuses specifically where severity of the problem is highest," says RailYatri.in CEO and co-founder Manish Rathi.
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Jul 23 2016 (18:13)
Rail Fanning~   2567 blog posts
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While delays need to be cut down, i also feel that too much buffer time also needs to be reduced. Railways have been clever in allocating more buffer to trains to ensure greater punctuality

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