In the way of high-speed corridor, 6,500 buildings

Around 6,500 buildings will have to be knocked down for the high speed rail corridor from Thiruvanvanthapuram to Kasaragod.

Chairman and Managing Director of the Kerala High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd T. Balakrishnan told The Hindu on Wednesday that massive land acquisition would be avoided through elevated structures and tunnelling.

Of the total length of 526 km, around 297 km would be on elevated path, 126 km through tunnels, 17 km on bridges and 87 km at ground level, he said.

Mr. Balakrishnan said a disinformation campaign was active in the State. The alignment in general requires 15 to 20 metres width only. The structure supporting the high speed rail will be on a single pillar spaced 25 metre apart to avoid large-scale acquisition of land.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is preparing the detailed project report, is expected to submit it by September this year. Two parallel standard gauge tracks, which would be independent of the existing rail network, will be the highlight of the corridor.

In the initial years, trains will run at 200-250 km/hr. By the third year, trains will pick up more speed to clock 350 km/hr.

As per the preliminary project proposal, the 220-km distance between and Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram could be covered in 45 minutes and Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod in two hours and 45 minutes. An air conditioned train would have a capacity to carry 817 passengers.

According to DMRC authorities, no level-crossing or pedestrian crossing will be permitted to prevent smash-ups. The high speed rail corridor could be above or below ground level or on viaduct (depending upon the terrain). It would be decided only on completion of the survey/details, they said.

The estimate cost of the project is Rs. 1, 18, 000 crore. Japan’s JICA is expected to fund 80 per cent of the project cost while the Centre and the State would have to meet the remaining 20 per cent cost. An all-party meet would be convened after the DMRC submits its detailed project report.

Mumbai and Ahmedabad corridor to run 20-pair services

The proposed high-speed corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be able to handle as many as 20 pairs of services every day.

“If the project is approved, it will have the potential to run these many services by 2020. But the railways may only begin with skeletal services and increase the number depending on demand,” a senior railway official said. Consultants predict that by 2040, the corridor may even be able to handle around 40 pairs of services per day.

The railways is yet to decide whether to implement the 534-km rail-corridor project, estimated to cost Rs 63,000 crore, through publicprivate participation or state support. Once the decks are cleared, the work is likely to take 10 years to be finished.

A senior railway official said, “The distance is ideal to run a high-speed train. If the average speed is estimated at 350 kmph, the time taken to cover the 534-km stretch should not be more than twoand-a-half hours,” Another senior official assured that the fares might be on the high side, but the amounts would remain within the reach of the common man.

The high-speed corridor will run parallel to the existing tracks. “But the trains will halt only at Surat, Vadodara and probably at Vapi,” the official said. “Each rake will carry 1,000 passengers per trip.”

A pre-feasibility study for the route was conducted by a French consultancy firm, Systra, last week when they discussed issues like passenger profile and fare structures.

High-speed trains soon to reduce long distances in India

It may sound bizarre that journey between Agra and Delhi will be completed within a time span of just 45 minutes and the same between Delhi and Patna would take not more than two and a half hours. But it is going to happen. After the launch of Delhi-Patna high speed corridor project, all this will be possible. This project has passed their first barrier.

According to a senior officer of North Central Railway, Rail Ministry has accepted a survey report in this regard and started its further action.

Distance between Delhi to Mumbai, via Mathura and Bharatpur, is 1233 km. At present, it takes nearly 20 hours as train’s speed could not exceed from 110 km/hr and average speed falls between 65 to 80 km/hr.

Tracks are being developed for the high speed trains to reduce time span for Delhi-Mumbai journey by increasing trains’ speed. It is believed that Trains’ speed would exceed up to 210 km/hr and average speed would be in between 160 to 180 km/hr. Then it would take only 7hr 15 mins to travel between Delhi and Mumbai.

For the same purpose two teams of rail experts from India and Japan have conducted survey this year.
Delhi-Patna corridor to make trains journey easier

Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna high speed corridor is being constructed. This corridor is about 991 kilometer long and train would run at 300 km/hr speed. Survey report on corridor has been completed by the Mott MacDonald, a UK firm. For the construction of the corridor, National High Speed Corporation has been constituted.

High Speed Rail to Connect Udupi – Kerala in 3 Hours

The ambitious high speed corridor project of Kerala government will commence next year, according to Kerala chief minister Ooman Chandy. The 1.20 Lac crore project will have 80% private funding through loans, and remaining amount will be invested by state and central government jointly, he stated.

Chandy was in Mumbai for a road-show to showcase the forthcoming ‘Emerging Kerala 2012′ global investor meet, which would be held from September 12 to 14 in Kochi.

The first phase of the project will be completed in 2018 when Thiruvananthapuram – Cochin route for high speed rail is ready.

Though the initial plan was to establish high speed rail project only up to Cochin – Kasargod, later it was decided to extend Mangalore and Udupi. In 2020, high speed corridor high speed project will be completed with Thiruvananthapuram – Udupi route.

Currently 634 km Thiruvananthapuram -Udupi route is travelled by train for about 15 hours, but high speed rail will enable passengers to complete this route within three to four hours.

Kerala High Speed Rail Corporation chief T Balakrishnan said that high speed rail facility is available in Japan and China for years, we would initially introduce 200km per hour speed rails here. He said that, in Japan high speed rails run for 350 km per hour.