The Indian Railways has identified 6 sections for high speed and semi-high speed corridors, Railway Board Chairman Mr. Vinod Kumar Yadav said, adding a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on these sections will be ready within a year. The new corridors will join the under-construction Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed route.
The 6 corridors include:
- Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi (865 km)
- Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad (886km)
- Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur (753 km)
- Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad (711 km)
- Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore (435 km)
- Delhi-Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar (459 km)
- He said,”We have identified these six corridors and their detailed project reports (DPR) will be prepared within the year. The DPR will study the feasibility of these routes which includes land availability, alignment and a study of the traffic potential there.”
- He said,”After these things are studied, we will decide if they will be high-speed or semi-high speed corridors.”
- Trains can run at a maximum speed of over 300 kmph on a high-speed corridor, while on a semi-high speed corridor, the maximum speed can go beyond 160 kmph.
- The official said that the country’s first high-speed corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be completed by December 2023.
- 90% land acquisition work for the bullet train project will be completed in the next 6 months, he said.
- 5 bids for civil engineering work which includes track work and tunnels will be opened in March and finalised within 6-8 months thence.