Indian Railways may soon introduce ‘Zero-based time table’ which is expected to cut down the travel time in long-distance trains by 30 minutes to 6 hours on an average.
This applies for both the freight and passengers trains on its network, according to Railway Board Chairman and CEO VK Yadav, who added that the national transporter will bring this timetable on board once the coronavirus situation stabilises.
Yadav further elaborated about the new system, saying that the purpose of introducing such a system is to increase poorly-patronized trains occupancy; in the meantime, it will also reduce the waitlist system in trains that always face high demand.
The revised timetable is based on the premise that the existence of every train and stoppage must be justified based on goals of providing transportation with “optimum and efficient utilisation of the available resources”.
As part of the plan, the Indian Railways is also planning to “rationalise stoppages” for optimum efficiency. Around 10,000 stoppages could be done away with as part of the plan.
According to a report, the ‘zero timetable’ concept also involved a provision for integrated ticketing, access for persons with disabilities, leisure facilities, check-in facilities, transfer and transit facilities among other things. It will also include amenities such as travelators, escalators, elevators at stations that will be designated as “hubs”.