"In the entire Indian Railways, 65 to 70 per cent trains run on time, while 30 to 35 per cent trains run late. It is because of the fact that we (Railways) do not want to compromise with the safety aspect, which is our prime focus," he said.
"We are not going to compromise with safety aspect in any way," Lohani told reporters here.
"We have taken a major decision this year as per which we are constructing only modern LHB coaches from April 1, 2018. About 5,000 coaches are being constructed.
"The construction of old coaches has been stopped and these old coaches will be used as replacement only," he said.
Lohani said bio-toilets will be installed in all the coaches by March 2019, as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
He, however, said there are some problems related to cost evaluation of the land on which the R-block Digha rail line stands.
The cost of the track plot has been evaluated at Rs 896 crore, Trivedi said.
The proposal has been sent again to the Railway Board for re-evaluation, he said.
The Bihar government plans to construct a six-lane road using the land on which the track is laid to provide seamless connectivity between north and south Patna, Trivedi said.
He said that as per the Railway Board's direction, Patna-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, which currently runs at a speed of 110 kmph, would soon run at 130 kmph.
Replying to another query on the frequent delay of passenger trains, Trivedi said the maximum speed of all the trains running on the ECR zone will increase by 10 per cent (from the present 100 kmph to 110 kmph).
"Our Chief Operating Manager has issued an order two days ago to increase the maximum speed of all the trains running on the ECR zone by 10 per cent," he said.
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