NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Delhi-Varanasi Bullet Train Project is progressing well as the ground survey work is completed for the project and based on data obtained from it, work on a detailed project report (DPR) is underway at present. Despite some hindrances to the work due to the ongoing corona crises, the DPR will be submitted by August to the Ministry of Railways.
National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has started LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) survey for this project from January this year. LiDAR survey is a technique in which laser enabled equipment is mounted on a helicopter or plane to carry out ground survey. This technology gives accurate survey data and findings in less time. This modern technology has been used in the survey of the Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail Corridor after Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Corridor.
As per the survey, the entire roadmap of the railway project is being prepared and based on that, an accurate description of the proposed rail track and its surrounding area is collected. Data are collected on geographical location, nature of land, distance between two important places etc. Based on this, the requirement of land for the project is revealed. Along with this, the design of the structure, railway stations, loco depot and other important construction places are also marked. Similarly, other important decisions are taken on the basis of information received from the survey.
As per NHSRCL (National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited) officials, the draft report has been submitted to the Ministry of Railways. Now DPR will also be handed over soon. After the approval from the government, land acquisition and construction work will be started at the ground level.
Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail corridor will pass through 22 districts of Uttar Pradesh and will have 12 stations on the route. Proposed stations are Delhi, Noida, Jewar Airport, Mathura, Agra, New Etawah, South Kannauj, Lucknow, Raibareli, Prayagraj, New Bhadoi, and Varanasi.
Once completed, bullet trains will operate on the corridor at a top speed of 300 km per hour and a journey of 865 km between Delhi and Varanasi will be completed in less than three hours.