KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): Eastern Railway on Wednesday started the groundwork for creating the infrastructure of a high-speed rail corridor between Kolkata and Delhi. The corridor is expected to cut down travel time from 17 to 12 hours. The Railway authorities are hopeful that the 160 kmph high-speed rail corridor will complete by 2022. The total cost of construction is Rs 6600 crore.
Eastern Railway Howrah division has started the replacement overhead wire and then take up the track modification work. A boundary wall will be built along the track. In a bid to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply to trains at a speed, the overhead wire has been replaced at a distance of 1. 5 kilometres.
It will be done in a phased manner between Howrah and Burdwan. “The overhead wire replacement work has started in the Howrah and Asansol division,” said Ishaq Khan, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Howrah.