The Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar on 23 October 2013 announced that the Indian Railways decided to increase the speed of the superfast trains to 160-200 kmph.
The existing superfast trains of India- Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Durontos will get an increase in the speed. These trains will undergo a minor push in the speed in next few years. Apart from this, the Indian Railways planned to increase the technical capability of the present infrastructure.
An increase in the speed of the train will lead to less travel time. As a beginning, the Shatabdi routes from Delhi to Bhopal and Lucknow will be tried. Thereafter, this will be forwarded to Duronto and Rajdhani.
After implementation of this, the superfast trains of India will run at the semi high speeds before the year 2017.
It is important to note that India, at present, has one of the largest rail networks in the world. However, there are not many high-speed rail lines which can support the speed of 200 kmph or more. Various high speed corridors were proposed, but they have not been implemented.
At present, the fastest train of India is the Bhopal Shatabdi with the top speed of 150 kmph.