MEMU for Delhi-Rohtak, and towns in between
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Daily commute between Rohtak and Delhi, and the small towns on the route, became easier on Sunday after the Northern Railway rolled out its Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train.
The first MEMU train was flagged off from Rohtak station by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Sunday, putting in motion a rapid transit system that promises to cut commute time for NCR passengers.
An MEMU train has a higher passenger capacity and is considered faster than conventional loco-hauled passenger trains — due to faster acceleration and braking characteristics. Officials said MEMU trains help increase the line capacity utilisation, and, therefore, are more suitable for high traffic density routes.
The Delhi-Rohtak MEMU line took five years for completion and cost Rs 70.66 crore.
The train (64912) will depart from Rohtak daily at 7 am and reach Old Delhi station at 9.15 am. In its return journey, the MEMU (64911) will leave Old Delhi station at 3.50 pm daily and arrive in Rohtak at 6.20 pm.
On the way, the train will stop at Asthal Bohar, Kharawar, Ismaila Haryana Halt, Sampla, Rohand Nagar Halt, Asaudah, Bahadurgarh, Ghevra, Mundka Halt, Nangloi, Mangolpuri Halt, Shakur Basti, Daya Basi, Vivekanand Puri Halt and Delhi Kishanganj.
The MEMU trains were introduced by the Indian Railways in 1994 and have since become the backbone of suburban transport in metropolitan cities such as Mumbai.
The work of electrification on 60-km Shakur Basti-Rohtak double line section on Delhi Division of Northern Railway was sanctioned in September 2007 and the work was started with award of contract in April 2008.
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