Railways to set up body to run high-speed trains

The railways has decided to set up a National High-Speed Rail Authority (NHSRA) to expedite high-speed train project which is likely to be introduced in the country soon. The railways has drafted a Bill in this connection which is likely to be moved in Parliament.

According to a Railway Board official, the railways intends to set up an autonomous body to implement and monitor the high-speed train project across the country. Since high-speed trains would run at the maximum speed of 300 km per hour, a legislation is required to set up the authority, he said.


Indian Railways plan six high speed rail corridors

Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail network is planning to build six high speed rail corridors to provide faster rail connectivity across the country.

Indian Railways has said they plan to set up six corridors that will be capable of running trains at 300km p/h trains.

The Railway Ministry, as planned in the recent annual budget, set up the National High Speed Railway Authority (NHSRA) which will be responsible for implementing bullet train services in the country.

NHSRA will be an autonomous body with its administrative control under the Ministry of Railways.

The six corridors that have been selected for the project are— Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar (450 km), Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km), Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijayawada-Chennai (664 km), Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam (649 km), Howrah-Haldia (135 km), Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna (991 km).

Twelve state governments and one Union Territory (UT) have given their approval to share the cost of consultancy on a 50:50 basis.

Railway officials have also recently discussed a feasibility plan regarding the Howrah-Haldia high speed rail corridor.

The bullet train service will allow passengers to reach Patna from Delhi in 3 hours and Amritsar in 1.5 hours.

The new Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi said that it is a very important project to help the economy grow, thereby increasing the ‘purchasing power of the people’.

UK-based Mott Macdonald, who are conducting the pre-feasibility study for the Howrah-Haldia high speed rail corridor project, has submitted their interim report.

The same company has also been selected to do a pre-feasibility study on Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km) corridor.