This is our "High speed rail in India" monthly update. We've got a couple of stories to share with you, we hope you like it:Updated July 30th 2011If you are a frequent visitor you already know that feasibility studies for six corridors will be developed. These are the following:
b) Delhi- Chandigarh - Amritsar.
f) Chennai -Bangalore - Coimbatore - Ernakulam
These studies are being funded by the central government and state governments sharing 50 % of the cost each of them. For any other study the state government will have to bear 80% of the cost, while the balance will be taken up by the railways.Updates:1. More information on the corridor Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad
Travel by bullet trains from Mumbai to Pune in just 40 minutes (without stops) and to Ahmedabad in just 1 hour 52 minutes (without stops) with the train travelling at 350 km/hr. This travel time assumption has been made by two foreign firms, Systra of France and Italferr of Italy, in its pre-feasibility study.The cost of the project has been pegged at a whopping Rs55,800 crore (US$1,230 million), out of which Rs49,000 crore (US$798 million) will be for construction while the rest for rolling stock.The consultants have recommended the public-private partnership (PPP) model for implementing the project."Government participation is a must due to the huge social benefits that the project will accrue. And at the same time, due to high investment outlay, private sector participation will always benefit the project," the consultants added.It added that to make the project viable for the private party, the government can provide a grant or budgetary support of around 17% of the total project cost and soft loan of about 11%.The study has predicted that 26.6 million passengers per year would travel by the bullet train with 2021 as the horizon year
.2. Mumbai- Nagpur line to be finally implemented?
In May, the state government had selected a German consulting firm, Vossing, which has given a green signal in its pre-feasibility report.
As per the proposal, high-speed trains will take around three hours to cover this 850 km stretch, instead of 14 hours.
3. A new high-speed train route between Anand Vihar in Ghaziabad and Meerut has been sanctioned
The route, sanctioned at a meeting on Wednesday, has been surveyed by Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) and will have a total of 14 stations with seven of them located in Ghaziabad district, they said.It will take 45 minutes to cover the entire distance
and a detailed project report in this direction is expected to be ready by March 2011, the officials said.This is all. I hope you find it interesting!