Date of Post: 01 Dec, 2017
New Delhi: The Railways ambitious project of reducing travel time by interconnecting four major metros – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata – with high-speed network of trains running at 160 kmph is looking at an August 2022 launch, sources said. The current average speed of trains on this network is around 88-90 kmph.
Golden Quadrilateral Project-
- Named Golden Quadrilateral, the project envisages creation of a 10,000 km network of semi-high speed routes connecting the four major cities is likely to be launched on August 15, 2022 to coincide with 75 years of India’s Independence.
- On November 28, in a meeting, the railway board started the process of drawing up a blueprint to interconnect the four metros – Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Chennai, Chennai- Howrah, Chennai-Mumbai & Howrah-Mumbai.
- The project has been appraised by NITI Aayog & is awaiting Cabinet sanction which is under process.
- A railway official said,”We are still finalising the blueprint and efforts are on to officially launch the project by August 2022 to coincide with the celebrations around India’s 75th year of Independence. However, everything depends on how we manage to meet every deadline set for the project.”
2 Routes Included In Budget 2017-2018
- While the Delhi-Mumbai & Delhi-Howrah routes were included in Budget 2017-2018 at a cost of Rs 11,189 crore & Rs 6,975 crore respectively, the estimates for the other four routes are under process for inclusion in the works programme 2018-2019.
- Officials said, the board is likely to finalise a detailed cost estimate for the remaining routes by December 31 this year.
- An extra budgetary allocation of around Rs 36,000 crore will be required for the project, sources in the ministry said.