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Chennai: The Indian Railways has no plans to increase the speed of trains in Kerala, say reports.This comes at a time when the rail statutory body has been pursuing measures to improve the speed of trains in other states.
Geographical factors and population density are among the factors that determine the speed of the trains. While reduction of curves in the stretches, renovation of lines and signalling system ensure that trains achieve high speed.
The trains passing through Kerala are running at varying speeds at different stretches and the average speed is 55km/hr to 90km/hr.The number of halting stops and level crosses have been attributed to the slow pace of the trains passing through Kerala.
In the Mangaluru-Shoranur stretch, the trains can achieve an average speed of 110km/hr. While in the Shoranur-Ernakulam stretch the average speed is 80km/hr. From Ernakulam to Kayamkulam trains can run at an average speed of 90km/hr. Similarly, the average speed at the Kayamkulam-Thiruvananthapuram stretch is 110km/hr.
In many other states, trains are running at an average speed ranging from 130-145km/hr.
Earlier this year, reports said that Indian Railways has been speeding up the process to set up a much faster third line in selected stretches in Kerala. In the new line stretching from Ernakulam to Shoranur, trains will run at a speed of 160kmph, those reports said. At the same time, an 82 km-long track will be constructed as a 160 km speedway from Ambalapuzha to Ernakulam, they added. However, it is learnt that these plans have been remaining as a proposal.