Indian Railways plan bullet train to Delhi- Chennai route
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream vision to introduce Bullet trains in the Country will soon be implemented through the Delhi-Chennai high speed corridor project, the longest in India. Officials from the Railway department will visit Beijing, China on 24th November to take this forward. It will be the second bullet train to run in the country after Ahemdabad–Mumbai train.
Officials of the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) submitted a pre-feasibility report and presentation, which included land acquisition, environmental clearance, security and expenditure to the Union Railway Minister, Suresh Babu.
The RNVL and China will conduct joint study on the project and the latter will bear the expense of study while RNVL will assist it.
A source said that the study will be completed within two years. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad rout will cost Rs 63,180 crore for bullet train.
The Delhi-Chennai route, part of the proposed Diamond Quadrilateral project, which aims to build a high-speed train network between different cities, including Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Chennai-Kolkata, Kolkata-Delhi and Mumbai-Kolkata, is likely to cost Rs 2 lakh crore.
Currently Rajdhani covers the distance between the two cities in 28 hours and as per the plan, the proposed bullet train at 300 km per hour speed will reduce the travelling time to six hours.
– Sharanya Bharathwaj