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Traveling by rail in
can be tough:
trains are often crowded and slow, turning long journeys into
But services are rapidly improving. The Konkan railway, an $800 million
line, connects the India's business capital Bombay, on the west coast,
760 km to the south.The new link, which includes 92 tunnels and nearly
2,000 bridges, reduces previous travel time by about 5 hours. A new
service which runs on the Konkan line for part of its route will cut 14
hours off the trip between the southern city, of Cochin and Agra, in
northern state of Uttar Pradesh.