During Coronavirus Crisis, Apart from the immediate challenges for the Indian Railways, the present situation offers a massive opportunity for re-thinking about the new time table.

Indian Railways have started preparations for new time table of trains during lockdown due to COVID-19 crisis. The new time table is expected to come into effect from July 1. Railways is preparing for new schedule of trains. Due to the preparation of the Ministry, the timing of trains at the divisional level has started to be exercised. But railway experts believe that due to the new guidelines of the Railway Board, there is a possibility of major changes in the time table.

Railways have undergone extensive changes in the past before the COVID-19 crisis. Apart from track strength, signalling, tracks and stations have been developed at new locations. In addition to the Yog Nagri Rishikesh Station in Moradabad Division, the Dehradun Railway Station has been redeveloped on PPP (Public-Private Partnership) Model, but trains from Dehradun Station are yet to be properly operated. However, in the current situation, 18 coacher special trains being operated. Meanwhile, preparations for new time table have also been started.
The Railway Board has asked to make preparations with the goal of implementing new Time Table on July 1. Therefore, preparations are being made at zonal and divisional level. However, the final round of talks about the timing of trains is to be held with officers of other zones and divisons. This problem is emerging in the time table. Regardless of the infrastructure, which trains speed will be increase based on the track strength, the time table will make the same difference.

Apart from this, operations of special trains running in loss, cancelling or operating passenger trains, will be seen in new policy and timetable of Railway Board. The Railway Board has to take a decision regarding the operation of regular and new trains.

Rekha Sharma, Sr. DCM Moradabad