Six more routes identified for high-speed corridors
The six corridors include Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi and the Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad sections
The Indian Railways has identified six sections for high speed and semi-high speed corridors, a detailed project report (DPR) on these sections will be ready within a year. The new corridors will join the under-construction Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed route.
Trains can run at a maximum speed of over 300 km/hr on a high-speed corridor, while on a semi-high speed corridor, the maximum speed can go beyond 160km/hr.
The six corridors include the Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi (865 km) and the Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad (886 km) sections.
Other corridors are: Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur (753 km), Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad (711 km), Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore (435 km) and the Delhi-Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar (459 km) sections.
The DPR will study the feasibility of these routes which includes land availability, alignment and a study of the traffic potential there. After these things are studied, it will be decided if they will be high-speed or semi-high speed corridors.
India's bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the first high-speed corridor, will be completed by December 2023. Ninety percent land acquisition work for the bullet train project will be completed in the next six months. A total of 1,380 ha of land for the project.
Of this 1,005 ha was private land of which 471 ha has been acquired. The state government land measures 149 ha of which 119 ha has been acquired.
The remaining is 128 ha which is railway land which has been given to the high-speed corporation. Five bids for civil engineering work which includes track work and tunnels will be opened in March 2020 and finalised within six to eight months.