NEW DELHI: (Metro Rail News) The proposed Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail corridor will have a stoppage at Ayodhya which will immensely benefit devotees who plans to visit the Birth Place of Lord Ram. This will give a great boost to religious tourism in the region along with providing high-speed railway connectivity to the holy city of Ayodhya.
As per the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), the final Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail corridor will be ready by September next month and will subsequently be submitted to the Government for approval. After the approval from the government, land acquisition and construction work will be started at the ground level.
The proposed high-speed corridor will have a total of 12 stoppages including Ayodhya. The corridor will start from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi and will terminate at Varanasi for a total length of 865 km with the given journey to be completed in less than four hours with trains operating at top speed of 300 km per hour.
The 12 stoppages on the route are Noida, Noida International Airport, Mathura, Agra, New Etawah, South Kannauj, Lucknow, Ayodhya, Raibareli, Prayagraj, New Bhadoi, and Varanasi. This corridor will be fully elevated.
The distance of 62 km from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Noida International Airport will be completed in 21 minutes, from Noida International Airport to Mathura in 20 minutes, from Delhi to Agra and Lucknow in 55 minutes and 2 hrs 50 minutes respectively with the complete journey from Delhi to Varanasi in 3 hrs 41 minutes.
Civil construction work on the corridor will be taken up in phases with Delhi to Agra work to be taken up in first phase followed by Agra to Lucknow in second phase, Lucknow to Prayagraj in third phase and Prayagraj to Varanasi in last phase.