Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail network is planning to build six high speed rail corridors to provide faster rail connectivity across the country.
Indian Railways has said they plan to set up six corridors that will be capable of running trains at 300km p/h trains.
The Railway Ministry, as planned in the recent annual budget, set up the National High Speed Railway Authority (NHSRA) which will be responsible for implementing bullet train services in the country.
NHSRA will be an autonomous body with its administrative control under the Ministry of Railways.
The six corridors that have been selected for the project are— Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar (450 km), Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km), Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijayawada-Chennai (664 km), Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam (649 km), Howrah-Haldia (135 km), Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna (991 km).
Twelve state governments and one Union Territory (UT) have given their approval to share the cost of consultancy on a 50:50 basis.
Railway officials have also recently discussed a feasibility plan regarding the Howrah-Haldia high speed rail corridor.
The bullet train service will allow passengers to reach Patna from Delhi in 3 hours and Amritsar in 1.5 hours.
The new Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi said that it is a very important project to help the economy grow, thereby increasing the ‘purchasing power of the people’.
UK-based Mott Macdonald, who are conducting the pre-feasibility study for the Howrah-Haldia high speed rail corridor project, has submitted their interim report.
The same company has also been selected to do a pre-feasibility study on Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km) corridor.
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