After execution of work on
the dedicated Corridor between Delhi and Mumbai and Ludhiana to Kolkata, the
railways have sanctioned a sum of Rs eighteen thousand Crores during the
current financial year for introducing high speed trains of 200 Kilometers per
hour in the sector.
With the introduction of the
high speed train the journey time from Delhi to Mumbai will be reduced to 12
hours and to Kolkata to fifteen hours according to the year ender on working of
railways for the calendar year 2017.
A road map developed to increase speed of trains by
overcoming the existing impediments on Principal routes of the railways on
Golden Quadrilateral(GQ) along with diagonals (Delhi – Mumbai, Delhi – Howrah,
Howrah- Chennai, Chennai – Mumbai, Delhi – Chennai and Howrah – Mumbai) due to
fixed infrastructure, movable infrastructure, and operational practices.
project entails works such as through fencing, removal of level crossings,
train protection warning system (TPWS), mobile train radio communication
(MTRC), automated and mechanized diagnostic systems etc. which will
considerably enhance safety and reliability.
main outcome of the implementation of the projects is increase in the maximum
speed of the trains to 160/200 kmph. This will reduce the travel time of
premium Rajdhani type trains to 12 hours as against the present travel time of
17 hours for Howrah Rajdhani and 15 hours 35 minutes for Mumbai Rajdhani.
Ground-breaking ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet train
project (MAHSR) was held in September, last year.
High Speed Studies are underway: Delhi-Chandigarh
(244 km): Final report of feasibility cum implementation study of New
Delhi-Chandigarh Corridor for raising the speed of passenger trains to 200 kmph
by SNCF/France has been received. Report under scrutiny.
– Secunderabad (575 km): A Protocol under co-operation MoU has been signed
between Ministry of Railways and Russian Railways for carrying out feasibility
cum implementation study. Work started in June 2016 and progressing as per
Kazipet by German Railways- Joint declaration of intent has been signed between
both the parties on 10/10/17 for raising the speed of passenger trains to
200kmph on the existing route on 50:50 cost sharing basis. The feasibility
study shall be carried out after signing a separate agreement, which is under
study for High Speed Rail on Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai through Government to
Government (G2G) with the Government of Germany has commenced.