Mumbai: If things go as planned then commuters will be able to travel from Mumbai to Nagpur in 5 hours. As per reports the government plans to build Nagpur-Mumbai High-speed rail network. This news comes as a big relief for many who frequently travel between these two cities.
Currently it takes over 14 hours to travel from Mumbai to Nagpur. With high-speed rail project the time taken to travel will come down to only 5 hours. As per official sources from ministry of railways, they are planning to connect Nagpur -Mumbai Super Expressway (Samriddhi Mahamarg) to a railway track connecting Nagpur to Mumbai.
To start the process for building Mass Rapid Transit System in Nagpur, a MoU has been signed between MahaMetro and Indian Railways. The agreement is for connecting railway line with that of metro coaches.
Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari, commuicated that the air-conditioned metro coaches plying on broad gauge railway lines will run at a speed of 100 km per hour. This speed is lot more than a usual passenger train.
Gadkari also shared that the high-speed rail project will also be bringing cities like Wardha and Bhandara nearer to Nagpur. This move will also aid in transforming these selected locations into satellite cities.
Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited, known as MahaMetro is a jointly owned company of the Maharashtra and central government. Both the parties are equal partners. For the 700km long Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Expressway, an estimated sum of Rs 46,000 crores will be spent by MahaMetro.
Railway ministry is also mulling to build high-speed rapid transit project in National Capital Region (NCR). This project will be covering cities like Nodia, Meerut, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and Delhi.
Apparently, a Rapid Rail service is expected to commence from shortly from Delhi to Panipat in Haryana. Out of the 111 km distance to be covered by it, 2 km will be underground and 109 km will be elevated. Similarly, the same high-speed train service will be made operational in near future connecting Delhi and Meerut.