Date of Post : 01 Aug, 2017
New Delhi: The Railways is going full steam to achieve the target of covering the Delhi-Chandigarh (245-km) distance in flat 2 hours despite many curves on the proposed semi-high speed route.
The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor, one of the busiest routes in north India, is slated to be Ist semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kilometer per hour with French help.
- There are about Ten major curves spanning over 32 km on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh railway route
- According to the railways, the public transporter will not go for land acquisition required for straightening up several curves on the Delhi-Chandigarh semi-high speed corridor & instead opt for slowing down while negotiating the track
- A senior Railway ministry official said, the earlier plan was to straighten up these curves to facilitate uninterrupted speed on the semi-high speed route.
- However, since it requires acquiring land for the purpose which is a time-consuming process, railways decided not to go for land acquisition to avoid delay
- The official said that in a recent review meeting with the French team, it was decided to avoid land acquisition and instead make some adjustment on curves as much as possible on the existing railway land.
- However, despite curves, the target of reaching Chandigarh in 2 hours will be achieved, the official said.
- SNCF, the French railways, has been assigned the task of submitting the execution strategy & implementation model with detailed cost of the semi-high speed project involving upgradation of the Chandigarh route.
- The French team will submit the final report with details of cost analysis & technical parameter by October.
- It is estimated to cost over Rs 10,000 crore (approx US$ 1562.5 Million) with about Rs 46 crore (approx US$ 7.19 Million) per/km for running trains at 200 kmph, which includes rolling stock & signal & track upgradation on the Chandigarh corridor.