The Central Railway has recently given approval to the revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Pune-Nashik Green Field Semi High Speed Double Line between Pune and Nashik. This semi-high speed train will complete the journey within 2 hours.
Salient features of the project:
- Length: 235 Km
- Speed Potential: Semi high speed with 200 KMPH
- Travel time from Pune to Nashik: 2:00 hrs
- Stations proposed: 24
- Tunnels: 20
- Project Cost: Approx. 16039 Crores (Including Taxes)
- Completion period: 1200 Days from financial closure
- The revised DPR was submitted by the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MRIDC or MahaRail) to the Central Railway, which has been approved.
- The MRIDC or MahaRail is a Joint Venture (JV) of the government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways on 50:50 basis and will be implementing the project.
- The Rail line will pass through three main districts of Maharashtra, i.e. Pune, Ahmednagar and Nasik.
- This project will also be the first low cost semi-high speed corridor in the country.
- The project will probably be the first instance in India wherein both lines are proposed to be constructed simultaneously, with electrification.
- This will open a new revenue stream for industries by fast track movement of cargo by Railways.
- The new proposal is not only likely to draw more number of trains but at the same time high speed travel will also attract more number of passengers to the route.
- It will also act as a catalyst to the industrial corridor along the belt, thus shall generate more revenue to the region.