Date of Post: 27 Nov, 2017
New Delhi: Increasing train speed up to 200 kmph on the Delhi-Chandigarh corridor will cost around Rs 11,000 crore ($1.7 billion), said a study conducted by French railway. The 245 kilometer long corridor, is slated to be the first semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with French help.
Project Detailed Report(DPR) Submitted
- The 1,700 page detailed report submitted by the French railway (SNCF) will be taken up for finalisation in Indian Railways on Monday for preparing tendering documents & drawing out an action plan as a way forward.
- French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit India in January 2018 when the project will be formally launched.
- The railways will sign a MoU with SNCF next year expanding the scope of cooperation in the rail sector, including training of drivers of semi-high speed trains & safety & security of train networks.
About The Report-
- SNCF has submitted the execution strategy & implementation model with detailed project cost involving an upgrade of the the route with details of cost analysis & technical parameters.
- The report has pegged the total estimated cost at Rs 11,218 crore includes the cost of
- Signals upgrade
- Main civil works
- Rolling stock
Senior Officials To Examine Final Cost
- A senior Railway Ministry official, senior officials from both sides will examine the report & a final cost will be decided after the discussion on Monday.
- There will be re-alignment as there are around 20 major curves spanning over 32.7 km on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route.
- However, there will be no acquisition of fresh land for the re-alignment as it will be done within the Railways right of way.
- The Delhi-Chandigarh route is expected to be a demonstrative project by France.
Beside Delhi-Chandigarh, there will be upgrades of seven more routes totalling about 4,000 km, including-