The 411 km distance via rail route between Patna and Ranchi is likely to be reduced soon after commissioning of Patna Fatuha-Islampur-Natesar-Koderma route. The railways conducted a successful speed trial on the newly laid Islampur-Natessar broad gauge line under Danapur division of the East Central Railway (ECR) last week.
During trial, the train ran at a speed of 100 to 120km per hour on a stretch of 21km between Islampur and Natesar. Currently, trains take almost eight hours to reach Ranchi from Patna via Patna-Jehanbad-Gaya-Koderma route. Railway officials said the newly laid broad gauge line between Patna and Koderma will reduce the journey hours by at least an hour.
ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said railways would introduce passenger trains on this particular route after getting approval from commissioner of railway safety, eastern region, Kolkata. “If everything goes well, passenger trains will run on this route sometime in September-October this year,” the Chief public relations officer said last week on Friday (14th August 2020).