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    dedicated freight corridor
    In order to add pace to the dedicated freight corridor, the Indian Railways has recently finalized contracts of Rs. 35,000 crore and the corridor will be completed by the end of 2019, chairman, Railway Board, AK Mital said, adding that the freight corridor shall prove to be a game changer as on commissioning, the punctuality rate will reach 95%. As of now, only 80% of the trains run on time. Stressing the need to increase the speed of the trains, he said that after launching the Gatimaan Express earlier this year, the board is also working to enhance the speed of all express trains on the Diamond Quadrilateral High Speed Rail Network. Currently, the feasibility studies of Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata, and Mumbai-Chennai are underway and the speed of freight trains in India is about 25 km per hour (km/h) while that of average express train is in the range of 50-55 km per hour. After the completion of the work on these tracks, the average speed of the express trains would go up to 75 km/h, with maximum speed of 100 km/h, while the average speed of the goods train would improve to 50 km/h, he insisted.
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