After the success of the Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Varanasi, the Indian Railways is planning to explore the possibility of running such semi-high speed trains between Mumbai to Pune, Nashik and Vadodara routes.
The Vande Bharat Express has reduced the travel time between New Delhi and Varanasi by 40 percent.
Railway Board Rajesh Agrawal said —
We want to check whether the same train can be replicated for Mumbai to Pune or Mumbai to Nashik or Mumbai to Baroda (Vadodara)…We are going to start trial runs from the next week on the Vande-Bharat pattern. One AC-EMU rake and one non-AC MEMU rake will be given to the Central and Western Railways. If the trial goes as per plan, we can reduce the travel time between Mumbai to Pune and Nashik to within two hours. .No final decision has been taken yet. As of now, we are going to explore only the possibility.
Mr. Agrawal also added that by the end of March 2020, the railways has planned to run 12 AC locals in Mumbai, six each on the Central and Western suburban lines. He mentioned that there was a delay in production of coaches, which would hopefully be scaled up from 4,000 coaches last year to 8,000 coaches next year.
Another issue that the railways are facing in Mumbai was the traffic congestion, and this is slowing the work for upgrading the existing infrastructure.