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Trains @ 350 kmph! 6 high-speed routes identified

Last updated on: March 21, 2011 15:43 IST

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Aiming at connecting Patna with high speed train, the Railways will undertake a pre-feasibility study of Delhi-Patna rail route, which would be conducted by a British firm.

"Mott Macdonald, the United Kingdom firm, has been given the responsibility of conducting the pre-feasibility study of the 993-km-long Delhi-Patna route," a senior railway ministry official said.

It would cost the Railways Rs 8.8 crore (Rs 88 million) for preparing the report, which would focus on technicalities, financial and operational viability of the project on Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna route, he said.

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The firm has to submit the report within seven months.

"The report would suggest the cost, ridership, alignment, commercial exploitation of land along the route and possible business plan of the Delhi-Patna high-speed rail corridor," the official said.

While it takes about more than 12 hours to travel to Patna by Rajdhani, the high speed train is expected to complete the journey in less than five hours.

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The Railways so far has identified six routes as possible high-speed corridors for running trains at the speed of 250 to 350 km per hour.

While the study for Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad route is complete, the next routes to be taken up for similar study are Howrah-Haldia and Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar sectors.

Later on study for the remaining routes -- Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijaywada-Chennai and Chennai-Bengaluru-Coimbatore-Ernakulum would be taken up for the proposed high speed train corridor.

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In order to expedite the work, the Railways is setting up an independent authority -- National High Speed Rail Authority -- to plan and execute the bullet train project.

Currently it cost about Rs 6 crore (Rs 60 million) for construction of one km rail route, while it is estimated to cost Rs 70 crore (Rs 700 million) for construction of one km high speed rail corridor.

Since the high speed corridor is a costly proposition, it is being planned to implement it on PPP model with the participation of state governments, the official said.


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