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Feasibility study for upgrading the Chennai Kazipet Corridor to run 200 KM per hour trains ordered; German Railways to conduct the study

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 with Hyderabad

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 impact.

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.


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