1. Indian Railways’ ambitious $3 bn plan: Fencing, track upgrades for high speed on Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Mumbai routes

Indian Railways’ ambitious $3 bn plan: Fencing, track upgrades for high speed on Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Mumbai routes

Indian Railways will soon bring for cabinet clearance an ambitious, Rs 18,000 crore ($3 billion) plan that involves fencing off the existing Delhi-Kolkata and Delh-Mumbai routes to speed up train movement in the country's two busiest corridors.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2017 4:48 PM
railway route, indian railways, railways, new routes, railways new plan, railways investment, new trains, faster trains According to the feasibility study, it is a remunerative project with both routes having a high rate of return. (Representational Image: PTI)

Indian Railways will soon bring for cabinet clearance an ambitious, Rs 18,000 crore ($3 billion) plan that involves fencing off the existing Delhi-Kolkata and Delh-Mumbai routes to speed up train movement in the country’s two busiest corridors. Besides fencing, the proposal involves track and signalling upgrades and elimination of unmanned level-crossings along the two major trunk routes — Delhi-Mumbai at 1,384 kms Delhi-Howrah at 1,450 kms. The cabinet is expected to consider the plan next month. “The proposal has already been cleared by the extended Railway Board, Niti Aayog and the Finance Ministry. Now it awaits Cabinet clearance — after which the project will commence,” a senior Railway Ministry official said. The ambitious project envisages taking train speeds up to 160 km per hour in the busy corridors. While the overall cost for the Delhi-Kolkata route is estimated at Rs 7,000 crore, that of the Delhi-Mumbai corridor is Rs 11,000 crore. Of this, fencing alone will cost about Rs 2,200 crore. Fencing is a must for semi-high speed corridors as it prevents human or cattle interference on the tracks and ensures higher speeds and safety.

Describing it as a “paradigm shift” for the development of the rail network in the country, the official said once the route is fit for 160 kmph, the speed can be further upgraded up to 200 kmph. According to the feasibility study, it is a remunerative project with both routes having a high rate of return.

The official said that while the rate of return for the Delhi-Howrah route — which runs through major cities such as Kanpur and Lucknow — has been estimated at 18 per cent, it has been pegged at 14.7 per cent for the Delhi-Mumbai corridor that has cities such as Vadodara enroute. Currently, train speeds are greatly affected by network congestion. While the Railways is constructing dedicated freight corridors for the exclusive movement of the goods service, fencing off the existing Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata routes will enhance passenger movement on the existing tracks.

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    mayavan
    Dec 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    why south indian destinatin like Chennai Bengaluru and Ttravel from Bengaluru and Chennai iand Thiruvanthapuram are not given priorities.travelling to Mumbai from Chennai and Bengaluru is like travelling in a bullock cart.Not even a double track linelGimmicks like connecting Rameswaram to Ayodhya is done..Really a matter of concern.Is there politics behind this
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      Rajib
      Dec 11, 2017 at 7:57 pm
      Fantastic initiative.... especially the heavily encroached Delhi Calcutta corridor by illegal Bangladeshi
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