Railways added 653 speed restrictions in H1FY23, but removed just 184

This comes despite ministry's aim of reducing restrictions to raise average speed

Dhruvaksh Saha New Delhi
Vande Bharat Express

Sources in the railways said that the issue had been brought up by top officials of the railway board and the ministry is currently undertaking a critical review of all PSRs imposed in the current financial year.

In the first half of financial year 2022-23 (H1FY23), the Ministry of Railways added over thrice the number of permanent speed restrictions than it got rid of, the national transporter’s data shows. This comes even as the Indian Railways plans to roll out semi-high-speed and high-speed trains across the country.
While the Railways has aimed to reduce sectional temporary and permanent speed restrictions, in H1, zonal authorities added 653 new restrictions and removed just 184. At present, there are over 7,000 restrictions on the network.
Permanent speed restrictions are typically imposed in areas approaching sharp curves or crossovers, or those with structures close to the track or dense pedestrian traffic in the area. Level crossings are also a major cause of these restrictions, although the railways has eliminated most of such crossings on its broad-gauge network. There are also ecological factors involved

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First Published: Jan 24 2023 | 7:48 PM IST

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