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How Indian Railways plans to run bullet trains!

Last updated on: November 27, 2012 11:10 IST

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The Indian Railways has joined hands with China for cooperation in developing high-speed rail corridors in selected routes in the country.

 

Besides, Railways will also seek Chinese expertise in carrying out heavy haulage in dedicated freight corridors and developing stations.


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"We signed a MoU with China for mutual cooperation in rail sector," said a senior Railway Ministry official, adding, "The agreement will remain in force for five years."

Chairman Railway Board Vinay Mittal and China's Vice- Minister of Railways Wang Zhigue signed the agreement. A MoU was signed with China on January 14, 2008 which has since expired.

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Image: A passenger holding her child poses for a photo next to the lead car of a CRH380BL high-speed bullet train at Beijing.
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Now an Infrastructure Working Group will be constituted under the India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue to work out details for the future cooperation in the rail sector, the official said.

Railways has identified seven routes for exploring possibilities of running high-speed trains known as bullet trains at a speed of about 300 km per hour.

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Image: China's bullet train.
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Pre-feasibility study has been carried out for five corridors, said the official.

Japan is also keen to provide its technology to Railways in high speed rail corridors.

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Railways plans to take up the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor on a priority basis as the government has given the in-principle clearance to the project.

It is estimated to cost about Rs 60,000 cr to run train at 300 km per hour speed in the proposed corridor.



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