NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), a joint venture of the Government of India and participating state governments, invited bids to begin the process of preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail corridor on July 2, 2020.
The government has begun work on its plans for 865-km long a second high-speed rail corridor in the country, between Delhi and Varanasi.
The bullet train could reach the Delhi to Varanasi route in four-and-a-half hours, once completed. Work is now on 508-km long Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor to run a bullet train.
Scope of work
As per the bid report, this will include the preparation of drawings of all the crossing bridges expected in the corridor i.e. over rivers, other rail routes, and highways –– and drawings of the proposed stations and maintenance depots, within the next three months.
This high-speed rail corridor could have four stations viz Noida, Agra, Kanpur, and Lucknow. In 2019 Railways had started the Vande Bharat train between Delhi and Varanasi which takes eight hours.
Railways are purposing six new high-speed rail corridors, including the Delhi-Varanasi corridor, to meet growing passenger demand and optimise the high-speed rail connectivity between major cities, commercial and economic activity centres. Currently, about 15 countries in the world have such high-speed railway systems.
In a statement of the National High-Speed Rail Corporation states the project “apart from signifying a technological marvel, would afford many quantifiable benefits like saving travel time, vehicle operation cost, reduction in pollution, job creation, reduction in accidents and enhanced safety, imported fuel substitution, and reduction in pollutants.”
The company says the project will boost infrastructure and help in the growth of the economy. The other five corridors are projected between Delhi-Ahmedabad (886 km), Delhi-Amritsar (459 km), Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur (753 km), Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad (711 km) and Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore (435 km).