An official said the train that was flagged off by PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday at a designated speed of 60 kmph clocked 59.6 km per hour during the full run. While the design speed of even the fastest passenger trains such Rajdhani and Shatabdi is more, the average speed falls since on several stretches there are cautions to slow down.
“One of the reasons why no train would be required to slow down is our good maintenance practice, which would be followed strictly,” the railway official said.
The work on both Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors has gained speed in the past few months after the PM held a review meeting on the progress. While expressing his displeasure over the delay, he had asked Union railway minister Piyush Goyal to hold a weekly review meeting.