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India’s second bullet train to run on Varanasi-Delhi corridor

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Published on 20 Jun 2016 5:01 AM GMT

India’s second bullet train to run on Varanasi-Delhi corridor
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New Delhi: The railway ministry is planning to run bullet train on 782 KMS stretch from New Delhi to Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of PM Modi, which is proposed to pass through Lucknow. It is gathered that the mega project will take some shape before UP assembly polls.

This train will be the second bullet train after the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor and it will complete the journey of 782 kms in just 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The Spanish firm which is conducting the feasibility study of the high speed rail corridor has submitted its interim report which had been discussed by the Railway Board. The Spanish firm is will most probably submit the final report in November, said an official.

The travel time between Delhi and Lucknow (506 km) is likely to be 1 hour 45 minutes while travel between Delhi to Kolkata (1,513 km) will take 4 hours 56 minutes, reports said.

  • The preliminary cost, without rolling stock, being worked out is estimated to be about Rs 43,000 crore for the Delhi-Varanasi stretch.
  • It will be around Rs 84,000 crore for the entire Delhi-Kolkata corridor.
  • The final cost will be worked out only after detailed field study of the finally chosen alignment, said an official.
  • The possibility of operating double-decker high speed trains on this section is also being explored by the consultant.

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