For the first time ever, Delhi might soon get a bullet train of its own, which will connect the national capital to Ahmedabad. By Kumar Shree
The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), which is handling the implementation of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train, has called out tenders for the Ahmedabad-Delhi bullet train as well. If things go as per the plan, the national capital will for the first time witness its own high-speed marvel running on the tracks.
The Ahmedabad-Delhi bullet train corridor will form a part of the eight high-speed networks that the Indian Railways is planning to lay across the country. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail, which is currently under construction, also forms a part of this network.
India’s very first bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to be completed by December 2023. Almost 90 per cent of the land acquisition process will be done in the next few months.
Talking of the high-speed rail corridors across the country, apart from the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, other stretches include, Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad (886 km), Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore (435 km), Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi (865 km), Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad (711 km), Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur (753 km), and Delhi-Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar (459 km).
“For Ahmedabad, this will be the second HSR corridor. We have invited tenders for collection of relevant data for the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for 886-kilometre long Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad HSR corridor,” Metro Rail News quoted NHSRCL spokesperson, Sushma Gaur, as saying.
Moreover, as per reports, one of the eight HSR passageways — the 865-kilometre long Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi rail corridor — will actually be the game-changer in reducing travel time between few major cities in the coming future.