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The Union Railway Minister announced Mission Raftaar which is aimed to increase the average speed of the mail, superfast and express trains by 25 kmph. India's Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the punctuality along with the travel time of the trains were examined in the CAG Report that is presented during the budget sessions of the year. Mission Raftaar is not a standalone project told the Minister and the funds utilized cannot be quantified. The Indian Railways has been modernizing the technology and it is also introducing several new trains. High-powered locos are being introduced with modern coaches and better tracks told Ashwini Vaishnaw.
"Indian Railways will come with inter alia proliferating Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches that have high potential to convert passenger trains into MEMU services. In the last five years, more than 414 passenger trains have been converted into MEMU services. The Indian Railways is constructing more than 3000 km of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) and the trains can run at a speed of 100 kmph. The average freight train speed will get improved. The average speed has been increased from 23.7 kmph to 41.2 kmph in the past five years" told Ashwini Vaishnaw.