Railways identify six more routes for high-speed corridors, DPR in a year

The detailed project report on three sections to be be completed within a year.

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DELHI (Metro Rail News): Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav informed that the Indian Railways has identified six corridors for high speed and semi-high speed rail corridors on Wednesday. The detailed project report (DPR) of these six corridors will be completed within a year. These new corridors will join the under-construction Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed route.

Indian Railway identified six high-speed rail corridors are below

  • Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi (865 Km)
  • Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad (886) sections.
  • Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur (753 km)
  • Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad (711 km)
  • Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore (435 km)
  • Delhi-Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar (459 km)

High-Speed Trains can run at a maximum speed of over 300 km/hr on a high-speed corridor, while on a semi-high speed corridor, the maximum speed can go beyond 160km/hr.

“We have identified these six corridors and their detailed project reports (DPR) will be prepared within the year. The DPR will study the feasibility of these routes which includes land availability, alignment and a study of the traffic potential there. After these things are studied, we will decide if they will be high-speed or semi-high speed corridors,” said Yadav.

The country’s first high-speed corridor between Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project will be completed by December 2023.

Speaking on the status of bullet train land acquisition Mr Yadav Said that 90 per cent land acquisition work will be completed in the next six months.

“We need 1,380 hectare of land for the project. 1,005 hectare was private land of which we have acquired 471 hectares. 149 hectare was state government land of which we have got 119 hectares.
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The remaining is 128 hectare which is railway land which has been given to the high-speed corporation,” he said.

Yadav also said that five bids for civil engineering work which includes track work and tunnels will be opened in March and finalised within six to eight months thence.


  1. The land acquisition and infra (stations & tunnels) should be built as planned. This cannot be avoided for any HSR network. If additional (6 or 7) HSR or semi-HSR routes are going to be planned & built its essential that the tracks are broad gauge, built for high speeds and the overhead electrification supports speeds of 300KMS/HR (via appropriate substations). The trains themselves can be built with incremental speed increases (via a combination of improved aerodynamics, propulsion & wheel assemblies) on the HSR broad gauge networks. The HSR networks should be able to run trains at average speeds of 250KMS/HR which should suffice in the Indian Route Distance Context. With this all the HSR broad gauge networks can be connected to the existing broad gauge networks which are going to be electrified in their entirety (trains can be easily switched between HSR Normal Broad Gauge Networks), and most of this can be built indigenously and probably at lower costs with lots of high-end, mid-end to low-end job creation. The HSR problem/s have to be looked at by RDSO similar to writing an expansive, scalable specification.

  2. HSR rail Network must be built with broad gauge for switching over the goods train to normal broad gauge and feed line linkage that are interconnected with the port must be in broad gauge for better passenger movement and fright movement like cargo traffic from the port


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