Passengers on trains originating from, arriving at, or passing through Bihar stations face the maximum average delays, while those from Gujarat face the least delays, claims a study by an online travel portal.
Three states - Uttarakhand, Bihardouble-digit- show a double digit percentage increase in train delays consecutively over the last two years, according to the study, conducted through crowd sourcing by the portal RailYatri which claims to have 10 million monthly active users.
On an average, trains for Bihar had a delay of 104 minutes in 2017, 93 minutes in 2016 and 80 minutes in 2015, taking the percentage increase in delays over the last three years to 30 per cent.
"At the current rate of increase, it is well possible that the average delay at its stations may cross two hours in few years," the report stated.
The national train delay index for 2017 stands at 53 minutes.
Delhi has shown the second lowest rate of increase in train delays - six per cent in three years with an average delay of 27 minutes in 2017.
"With good roads and better infrastructure, the discerning traveller wants value for both money and time, thus train delays if not contained might lead him to choose other modes of transport," he said.
The study has also said that in terms of delays, August is the best month for travel on Indian Railways, when the study found least delays.