The Indian Railways will launch semi-high-speed trains, in the next one year that will run at an average speed of 130 km per hour, nearly double that clocked by the Rajdhani and Shatabdi expresses, two of the fastest trains in the country at present. To start with, these trains are expected to become operational on three routes viz.
Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Bhopal, by the end of this year or early next year at an estimated economical cost of Rs 2.5 Crore per km. The railways plans to run one or two trains per day on these routes with a premium fare structure. The newly formed High Speed Railway Corporation is conducting a study of traffic on the earmarked routes.