A feasibility study for a bullet train project from Chennai to Mysore via Bengaluru was recently submitted by the German government. According to the study, the project will be constructed along the Chennai-Arakkonam-Bangalore-Mysore route and will aim to reduce travel time between Chennai and Mysore to 2 hours and 25 mins.
The German report, which was submitted to the Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani, proposes to elevate 85 percent of the 435-km long stretch. The report further suggests to integrate the high-speed with the existing conventional rail route as means to reduce costs of the project and to by-pass other challenges like land acquisition.
The report which was commissioned and funded by the German government highlights the presently over-saturated network of Indian Railways. Such solutions are not only extremely viable but are the need of the hour considering the traffic growth in India German Ambassador Ney was quoted saying.
The project – which will lead to the development of a solution that will transport passengers to Mysore faster than current airlines – is expected to cost around ₹ 1 lakh crore. There will also be an additional amount of ₹ 150 crore for rolling stock, the German report said.