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Posted: Oct 19 2016 (21:18)

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Oct 19 2016 (21:18)   Decoding the Delay Problems for Bihar-Uttar Pradesh Trains

DhnEcr~   40 news posts
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Some days back a national survey proved that trains to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh remain most delayed throughout the year. With an average delay of 61 minutes for Bihar and 56 minutes for Uttar Pradesh, travelling through these two states is indeed taxing on patience. But what is the cause of such abnormal delays? Today, we thought of probing into them.
The Infamous Three
Indian Train delays
than 80% trains to Bihar and all trains to Uttar Pradesh pass through the infamous Allahabad – Kanpur – Mughal Sarai corridor. Over the years, these three major junctions have been well known to cause massive delays for trains. They are always handling more trains then their capacity. And the situation gets worse each year with the addition of new trains.
Problem lies not in one but three
Your train halting at a station and staying stationary there for a long time is nothing new for Indian passengers. And the passengers have somehow taken that into their strides. The problem with the Allahabad – Kanpur – Mughal Sarai stretch is that you are halted continuously (and that too at three consecutive stations for many trains) for extended times. To understand the severity of the delays let us analyze the on-time score of these three stations:
Station Name On-time Rank Average Delay
Allahabad 1009 75 mins
Kanpur 998 69 mins
Mughal Sarai 953 59 mins
AVERAGE 68 mins

Check your station’s on-time rank yourself.
As you can see, when you enter into this corridor you are assured of a minimum delay of 1 hour. And this one hour, often impacts the end journey time of a train, especially those to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Larger Impact
Train delay impact
Allahabad – Kanpur – Mughal Sarai route tackles more than 500 long distance trains in any typical day. Apart from that it is also an important route for freight carriages and hundreds ply along this route. So, a delay in this belt causes nationwide ripples. Being the preferred route for West Bengal and Bihar bound trains a delay here can cripple all the trains in these two key states.
If more than 75% of trains to Bihar run with extensive delays, this corridor is mainly at guilt.
Trains to South India are known to be more timely; one reason could be they seldom cross this stretch.
80% of delays for Premium trains such as Rajdhani, Duronto & Shatabdi are caused by this stretch.
First come, first serve
Passengers who are really positive in their thinking would say: “Okay, so the train has been delayed by one hour, but the train can always manage the time!” Let us correct you: it is not so easy for a train which has been delayed, to really make up for lost time. In India, there are always more trains than vacant lines available. So, in 80% of instances (with the exception of Premium, Superfast, Rajdhani and Duronto) once you are delayed, the delay time will just keep on increasing due to the lack of open signals. Which means 68 mins of delay, suffered in Allahabad – Kanpur – Mughal Sarai corridor, can cause more than 2 hours of delay in your end train schedule.
Expect Havoc during Festive Season
festive season train delays
Just like other years, Indian Railways will definitely announce a large contingent of special trains to combat the Chhath and Diwali rush. This means, the Allahabad – Kanpur – Mughal Sarai corridor which is already struggling to support their existing list of passing-by trains would be put under more stress. So, the average delays for trains across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal could go up by more than double during the festive season.
There are some problems that the Indian Railways has overlooked for many years, and Allahabad – Kanpur – Mughal Sarai corridor is one among them.

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2 posts - Thu Oct 20, 2016

Oct 20 2016 (06:33)
Rail Fanning~   2722 blog posts
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Bihar received lots of new trains when the railway min was from the region. Subsequently when Mamata Banerjee was the rail minister, yet again they continued to get benefit of trains going from Eastern/North eastern states which were going to Delhi. So probably in the last decade or so ,I feel this is probably one of the few 1-2 states to have got maximum trains.
Unfortunately, the infrastructure was never improved, extra lines were not added & I guess this could have resulted in the current state

Oct 20 2016 (08:42)
Kuchh to log kahenge   221 blog posts   14 correct pred (77% accurate)
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In my opinion, There is a way to get out of this problem specially in Kanpur. Kanpur is one of the major cities and situated on Delhi-Howrah and Lucknow-Mumbai route and the train traffic is increasing day by day making the train delayed by 1-2 hours waiting on the outer of the station to get the chance to be placed on platform. The main problem is, Kanpur has always been ignored by the politicians of our country and the development here is at snail pace. There is a need of New Railway Terminal in Kanpur but no body cares for benefit of Kanpur. There is an Old Cawnpore Railway Station situated on the New Delhi - Howrah Route and if this Station develops as a terminal station then most of the problem will solved in Kanpur Zone. the load of Kanpur Central will also decrease and people will also get benefited....
The Station is also situated near Kanpur ISBT (Major Salman Khan Bus Stand aka Jhakarkati Bus Stand) so it is an added benefit.
Beside This, 2 more line have to be build to flow the traffic smoothly, two for Slow Trains and two for Super fast Trains.

Oct 20 2016 (09:01)
सिंगरौली पश्चिम मध्य रेलवे*^~   5625 blog posts   9699 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Good written article with to the point reasons . Hats off to the blogger

Oct 20 2016 (10:30)
Guest: 2a18f9c3   show all posts
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NCR's congestion is known to everyone but what to say when NR troll's trains by stopping them at outer?

Oct 20 2016 (15:50)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1933 blog posts
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NDLS-HWH had been the no.1 trunk line of India. It carries high volumes of passengers (esp NDLS-MGS) as well as heavy freight (esp MGS-HWH). IR developed it for high speed.
This route has witnessed introduction of a large number of new trains as it serves heavily populated areas and most of the RMs in last 2 decades hailed from the states served by this route.
Most of the trains say from Delhi to Orissa (BBS) run through this fast route rather than slower and partly single line alternate route via Bina-Katni-BSP-SBP. In
fact IR should study which route they want to develop for travel between particular end destinations and develop accordingly.
Although, many patches of third line has been commissioned on this line, but real respite shall come when the DFC is commissioned and the SF trains shall run with avg speed of 75kmph and the Rajdhanis at almost 100kmph.

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