Friday, July 18, 2014

RAIL BUDGET - Bullet Trains and Diamond Quadrilateral Network of High Speed Rail
Bullet Trains In India

The Minister of Railways Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda has said that Indian Railways is on its way to fulfill the long cherished dream to run a Bullet Train. Presenting the Railway Budget 2014-15 in Parliament today, he said, the Railways proposes bullet trains by starting off with an already identified Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector, where a number of studies have been done. 

The Minster said, under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modiji, the Railways is embarking on an ambitious plan to have a Diamond Quadrilateral Network of High Speed Rail, connecting major Metros and growth centers of the country. A provision of Rs.100 crore has been made in the Budget for high Speed project to RVNL/HSRC (High Speed Rail Corridor) for taking further steps. 

He said, while bullet trains would require completely new infrastructure, higher speed for existing trains will be achieved by upgrading the present network. The Minister said, hence, an effort will be made to increase the speed of trains to 160-200 kmph in select sectors so as to significantly reduce travel time between major cities. The Minister said, the identified sectors are: 

i) Delhi-Agra 
ii) Delhi-Chandigarh 
iii) Delhi-Kanpur 
iv) Nagpur-Bilaspur 
v) Mysore-Bengaluru-Chennai 
vi) Mumbai-Goa 
vii) Mumbai-Ahmedabad 
viii) Chennai-Hyderabad and 
ix) Nagpur-Secunderabad.

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