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An update on high speed railway to be introduced in the country

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.

Enhancement 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.

 The 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.

 The Ground-breaking ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet train project (MAHSR) was held in September, last year.


Semi 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.

Nagpur 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 schedule.


Chennai- 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 finalization.


Feasibility study for High Speed Rail on Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai through Government to Government (G2G) with the Government of Germany has commenced.


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