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Boost for High-Speed Trains Plan
Sep 11, 2014

Keen on running high-speed trains on identified routes at the earliest, the Railway Ministry has asked the Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) to submit a detailed project report within a fortnight. The DRMs of about 19 divisions of the identified nine corridors have been asked to conduct the feasibility about running the high speed trains at 160 kmph within their territorial jurisdiction. The semi-high speed project trains would be implemented section by section and the process would start after the submission of the reports.

The authorities are also preparing to conduct a second trial run of high speed train on Delhi-Agra section next week and introduce a train by November. The first trial run of Shatabdi touching the speed of 180 kmph was conducted at the same route last month.

The DRMs of Delhi and Agra division has conveyed that their infrastructure is ready to run 12 coach train at 160 kmph, the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) has given the clearance for running the semi-high speed train on this section. A senior railway official said that the fare rates of high speed trains will be a bit modified which will be decided later on.

The first trial run on the section was conducted on July 3 and the train reached Agra Railway station in about 90 minutes from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station but reinforced by a huge manpower and security forces affecting stalling of several trains on the route.

The Government had proposed to run trains at 160 kmph in nine identified corridors in the Railway Budget this year. These are Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Hyderabad and Nagpur-Secunderabad. The proposed routes also included the Delhi-Agra section and the first trial run on the section has already been concluded.

Last week, to enhance speed upto 200 km per hour, the railways partnered with the Czech Railways to work on logistics of automotive transport and raising of speeds upto 200 kmph. Besides this infrastructure building and management, station development and workshop modernization, information and communication technologies especially for passenger amenities and modernisation of rolling stock, signalling & telecom besides improving upon freight operations are also on the anvil. Initially three corridors between Delhi and Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad and Delhi and Mumbai and Pune would be developed for 200kmph tracks.


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