1. Delhi to Varanasi bullet train to take just 2 hours and 37 minutes between two cities!

Delhi to Varanasi bullet train to take just 2 hours and 37 minutes between two cities!

Come 2031, a bullet train may well zip from Delhi to Varanasi (presently PM Modi's constituency) in less than 3 hours! The very same high-speed train will help you complete a journey between Delhi to Lucknow within 2 hours.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2017 6:35 PM
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Come 2031, a bullet train may well zip from Delhi to Varanasi (presently PM Modi’s constituency) in less than 3 hours! The very same high-speed train will help you complete a journey between Delhi to Lucknow within 2 hours. Indian Railways, in its move to reduce the train journey time on the Golden Quadrilateral, has asked for various high-speed rail feasibility studies to be undertaken. The draft final report of one such study for the Delhi-Kolkata stretch is ready and proposes that with a bullet train, people will be able to travel between Delhi-Varanasi in 2 hours and 37 minutes, and between Delhi-Lucknow in 1 hour and 38 minutes. That’s a distance of 720 km and 440 km respectively! The Delhi-Kolkata high-speed corridor will cover a distance of 1474.5 km.

Talking to FE Online about the study, Anil Saxena the Spokesperson of Indian Railways said, “This study is being done by three Messrs – Spain’s INECO, TYPSA and ICT. Right now the draft final report has been submitted to Railways. Various divisions will now study and give their inputs, which in turn will be incorporated by these firms in their final report.” “The final report will be submitted to the Railway Board in 2 months time and after that, a decision on the project will be taken,” he added.

According to the report details shared by Indian Railways with FE Online, the entire project will cost around Rs 1.21 lakh crore, with the Delhi-Varanasi stretch estimated to be at Rs 52,680 crore. The report states that if the project were to commence in 2021, then the Delhi to Varanasi stretch should be ready in ten years time. The Delhi to Lucknow high-speed train corridor should be complete in 8 years time, that is by 2029, says the report. A station for the train is proposed near the Akshardham Temple in Delhi. Some of the stops of the train would include Greater Noida, Aligarh and Jaunpur. A maximum operational speed of 300 km/hr has been considered, with a commercial speed of 250 km/hr.

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How much would a train ticket cost? The report assumes a base fare of Rs 4.5 per kilometre. This would mean that for travelling between Delhi to Varanasi you will have to shell out at least Rs 3,240 (720*4.5) and for Delhi to Lucknow the minimum fare would work out to be Rs 1,980 (440*4.5).

High-Speed Rail Corporation is the nodal agency for these feasibility studies. Delhi-Mumbai and Mumbai-Chennai bullet train corridors are also under the High-Speed Rail Corporation. Feasibility studies are also being undertaken for the Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Amritsar corridors. The construction for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project – India’s first bullet train project – will start in September this year and is expected to be ready by 2023. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that the cost of travelling in a bullet train will be less than air fares. Meanwhile, Indian Railways is also working on Mission Raftaar to double the average speeds of freights trains and increase the average speed of superfast mail/express trains by 25 km/hr in the next 5 years.

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    Vaibhav Saxena
    Jul 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    In comparison to high speed train why not govt. Take step to increase facility of flights which will cost effective too and give pleasure to Indian citizen.Govt.should take step to increase speed of current established trains,double track,control traffic and electrified the lines.If govt ask to the nation for the same maximum inputs come to above suggestions.Moreever we will do the same in upcoming future till 2050.
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    Viru
    Jul 16, 2017 at 10:29 am
    Apart from these kind of fascinations.. first basic need of doubling all the lines and electrification is more important..
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    Ramachandra Vinayak Sakhadeo
    Jul 15, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    More benefit might accrue by doubling or trebling existing single lines.Level crossings need time bound elimination. Electrification should also be accelerated. Solar energy must be harnessed in a big way by the Railways. Maintenance of engines and rolling stock as well as the track needs very close attention. Instead of g iose schemes, why is not the Railway ministry paying attention to less costly but more effective steps ?
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    Jaijawan Jaikisan
    Jul 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm
    It takes time for dream to translate into reality
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    Vaibhav Singh
    Jul 15, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    Simply WOW , This is amazing. If this is going to be happened then it will create a lot of difference between then and now.
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    Ashok Kumar
    Jul 15, 2017 at 6:48 pm
    Speed is too slow, as it will reach Varanasi in 2031! Even Iran is much much better, running trains at 250 km/hr.
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    Surendra Singh
    Jul 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm
    I'm very very happy .....
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