Increasing Train Speed Up To 200 kmph On Delhi-Chandigarh Route To Cost Rs 11,000 Crore

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Date of Post: 27 Nov, 2017

New Delhi: Increasing train speed up to 200 kmph on the Delhi-Chandigarh corridor will cost around Rs 11,000 crore ($1.7 billion), said a study conducted by French railway. The 245 kilometer long corridor, is slated to be the first semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with French help.

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Project Detailed Report(DPR) Submitted

  • The 1,700 page detailed report submitted by the French railway (SNCF) will be taken up for finalisation in Indian Railways on Monday for preparing tendering documents & drawing out an action plan as a way forward.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit India in January 2018 when the project will be formally launched.
  • The railways will sign a MoU with SNCF next year expanding the scope of cooperation in the rail sector, including training of drivers of semi-high speed trains & safety & security of train networks.

About The Report-

  • SNCF has submitted the execution strategy & implementation model with detailed project cost involving an upgrade of the the route with details of cost analysis & technical parameters.

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  • The report has pegged the total estimated cost at Rs 11,218 crore includes the cost of
    • Signals upgrade
    • Main civil works
    • Rolling stock

Senior Officials To Examine Final Cost

  • A senior Railway Ministry official, senior officials from both sides will examine the report & a final cost will be decided after the discussion on Monday.
  • There will be re-alignment as there are around 20 major curves spanning over 32.7 km on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route.
  • However, there will be no acquisition of fresh land for the re-alignment as it will be done within the Railways right of way.
  • The Delhi-Chandigarh route is expected to be a demonstrative project by France.

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Beside Delhi-Chandigarh, there will be upgrades of seven more routes totalling about 4,000 km, including-

  • Mumbai-Goa
  • Chennai-Hyderabad
  • Mysuru-Chennai
  • Delhi-Kanpur
  • Nagpur-Secunderabad


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