Is it possible to travel from Chennai to Delhi in six hours by train? Believe it or not. It will be possible in near future.
The newly appointed Railways minister Suresh Prabhu has fast-tracked plans to build the world’s second-longest high-speed rail corridor between Delhi and Chennai that will see trains running at speeds of 300km/hour, covering the 1,754-kilometre distance between the two cities in six hours.
There was a notion that the former minister Sadanada Gowda was replaced, as he was unable to keep in pace with the dreams of Narendra Modi for a fast-tracked modernization of Indian Railways.
The Delhi-Chennai corridor is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “diamond quadrilateral” project that aims to build a network of high-speed trains between different cities, including Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Chennai-Kolkata, Kolkata-Delhi and Mumbai-Kolkata. Shortly after taking charge on Monday, Prabhu took several decisions to expedite the PM’s pet project.
Mr. Modi has stated in early june about his significant plan for the expansion of the railway system in the country. It was mentioned that the government is planning to enlist the support of Japan and China in fast-tracking special and hi-tech Railway projects as both these countries have the experience and the technology to operate bullet trains.
The leading news daily Hindustan times has reported that the proposed corridor project will be likely to cost Rs.2 lack crore and will be developed with the help of China, home to the world’s longest high-speed rail line between Beijing and Guangzhou.
As per the ministries official statement a high-level Railways team will be visiting Beijing on 24 of this month for the projects feasibility studies. The team – comprising officials of the High Speed Rail Corporation and the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited– will sign an agreement with the China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group.
Currently a feasibility study is conducted on the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch, India’s first high-speed rail project, by a Japan based company.