The Ministry of Railways is looking to standardize the number of coaches on each train to facilitate travel across all routes, as stated by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
In the near future, all trains under the Indian Railways will have 22 coaches, making it possible for them to run on any route regardless of the time taken by any of them to traverse the complete distance they are supposed to.
As of now, there are two categories of coaches—ICF and LHB—with the number of coaches in the train varying from 12 to 26, depending on the demand of the train which makes it very tough for the railways to substitute one train for another in the event of a delay.
By virtue of doing this, trains which have reached their station, have been repaired and maintained and are ready for departure can be brought into the network for use. This would save the passengers a lot of time which they usually waste waiting for the same train belonging to that particular route which might not be ready to function.
An official stated that the department has identified over 300 groups of trains and groups to which this change will be implemented in the first leg of standardization. The modifications in the time table this leads to in terms of the number of trains on a route and the timings will be made public in July.
It is important to note that in order for the Railways to implement this plan, they will have to make changes to not only the trains but the whole infrastructure. The length of the platforms, filling, washing and other things also need to be taken care of in order to make this move possible. This move in the long run can prove to be beneficial for the passenger if executed in the right manner.