A Joint Declaration of Intent was signed between Ministry of Railways and
Germany on October 10th October in Rail Bhavan in the presence of Chairman Railway
Board Ashwani Lohani, for carrying out of feasibility study on existing
Chennai-Kazipet corridor by German
Railways for increasing the speed of passenger trains to 200 kmph on 50.50
percent cost sharing basis.
The current Joint Declaration of Intent is intended to deepen the cooperation,
more specifically towards the achievement in the priority area of Semi High
Speed Rail: the upgrading of current passenger services to SHS (Semi High
Speed) upto 200 kmph on the Chennai-Kazipet corridor (643 km). Currently the
average speed of the superfast train in this backward segment of Indian
railways is 57 kms per hour, the train being Charminar Express linking Chennai
The Project is envisaged to consist of three phases to be carried out over
a 22 month period with the objectives to provide
Definition of three demand-based
Upgrade scenarios for the corridor during the first phase.
Selection of the preferred Upgrade scenario for Semi High Speed on the
corridor, based on analysis of respective operations and economic-financial
Reference design and technical Tender document for the preferred scenario
will be finalysed in the final phase of the study.
The cost of the feasibility study will be shared 50.50 percent by the
Ministry of Railways of the Government of India and Government of the Federal
Republic of Germany.
The final terms and conditions of carrying out of this feasibility study
shall be completed through signing a separate Agreement.
Earlier, a Protocol on cooperation in Rail sector was signed between both
sides in May, 2016 in Germany, with following priority areas.
Concepts for increasing the design
and the actually driven speeds; Concepts
for increasing the capacity of railway lines in passenger and goods transport; Concepts for improving operational safety to
avoid incidents and accidents; Concepts
for reducing operational costs, in particular by means of energy efficient
railway operations; Concepts for the
cooperation between education and training facilities in India and Germany with
the objective of enhancing the railway know how; Supporting the expansion of
the high speed and semi high speed network; Joint development of user oriented
standards and norms for India with the participation of the competent
regulatory authorities; Concepts for speed raising on longer stretches for
multiple traffic and concepts for station redevelopment on modern lines.
Salient Features of Chennai-Kazipet Corridor
Route: Chennai-GudurJn-Nellore-Tenali Jn-Vijayawada Jn-Warangal-KazipetJn
Total length of the corridor – 643 km (135 km in Southern Railway and 508 km in
South Central Railway) and the entire corridor is electrified.
The maximum sectional speed on the corridor is 110 kmph in Southern Railway
and 120 kmph for South Central Railway.
There is only one direct train from Kazipet to Chennai i.e. Charminar Super
Fast Express taking 11 hours 20 minutes with 13 stoppages at an average speed
of 57 kmph. The train connects Chennai with Hyderabad.