Indian Railways eyes expanding the bullet train network! The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), which is implementing the country’s first bullet train project, linking Mumbai to Ahmedabad, has been asked to study the feasibility of 10 more bullet train corridors.
To conduct the survey for running bullet trains on 10 routes, the Railway Board has recently asked for Railway Ministry’s permission. Moreover, to finalize four routes, the ministry is likely to conduct a meeting on Wednesday, according to a Dainik Jagran report. To prepare a feasibility report and a Detailed Project Report (DPR), the NHSRCL would have to choose a firm.
It is being said that the entire bullet train project, comprising 10 routes would cover a distance of nearly 6,000 kilometres in total. The project has been estimated to cost around Rs 10 lakh crore. So far, six routes have already been identified for the bullet train operations. Moreover, the corporation is also likely to work on a report, for bullet train operations between New Delhi and Varanasi.
According to a member of the Railway Board, bullet train operations are being considered to link the national capital to Varanasi, through Delhi-Lucknow via Kanpur and Lucknow-Varanasi via Sultanpur route. According to the report, bullet trains are likely to run between New Delhi-Amritsar, New Delhi-Varanasi, New Delhi-Kolkata, Patna-Kolkata, New Delhi-Mumbai, Chennai-Bengaluru routes.
India’s first, Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor will be 508 km long. The bullet train with a speed of 320 kmph is expected to complete a journey between the two cities in around 2 hours. Currently, it takes nearly 7 hours to complete a train journey between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. En route, the high-speed train will cover 12 stations- Bandra Kurla Complex, Virar, Thane, Boisar, Vapi, Surat, Bharuch, Bilimora, Anand, Sabarmati, Baroda and Ahmedabad railway stations. Work on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is likely to get over between 2022 and 2023.