Date of Post : 17 July, 2017
New Delhi: After Mumbai to Ahmedabad high-speed corridor, second bullet train project linking Delhi to Varanasi is under process. The project connecting PM Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency with the national capital is a priority for the ruling BJP government, according to a report.
The Spanish firm M/s INECO-TYPSA-ICT, which was tasked to study the feasibility of the project, on Thursday submitted its report to high-speed rail corporation & railway board, the report said.
- The Delhi-Varanasi project is part of 1474.5 km long Delhi-Kolkata high-speed corridor.
- It will cut the travel time between the 2 cities from 13 hours to just 2 hours, 37 minutes, if the project becomes a reality.
The stretch will reportedly pass through-
- The train will take just 1 hour & 38 minutes from Delhi to Lucknow (440 km).
- The fare of Rs 4.5 per/km was considered as base fare, meaning travel between Delhi to Lucknow will cost at least Rs 1,980 & Delhi to Varanasi will cost around Rs 3,240.
- If the project starts in 2021, as per the report, the Delhi to Lucknow stretch will be functional by 2029, while Delhi to Varanasi will be operational by 2031.
- The preliminary cost of the project is estimated to be about Rs 52,680 crore (approx US$ 8231.25 Million).
- The construction on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor is likely to start in September this year & become operational by 2024.