Indian Railways To Announce 10,000 Km Of New High Speed Corridors In April 2018

| February 13 , 2018 , 15:22 IST

The Ministry of Railways is expected to announce 10,000 kilometres of new high-speed corridors in April 2018 for trains running at speeds of 200-250 kilometres per hour. 

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has requested the authorities to recognize the passages and work on cutting the cost of development by less than half, reported Times of India. To cut the cost down, the department is thinking about alternatives such as, building single column, two track corridors on the top of highways or building them on existing railroad tracks.

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The reason for undertaking this project is to make sure that, “train reaches the destination at a time that gives the traveller enough time to attend office," reported the daily.

"At present, intercity train between Mumbai and Pune take around three hours. If we can bring down the travel time to an hour or an hour and a half, then passengers are likely to use the high-speed train,” an official said to TOI.

However, an adequate and generous amount of funding is required to establish corridors for rapid rails. Taking the Budget of 2018 in consideration, an amount of Rs 1,48,528 crore as capital expenditure has been allocated to the Railway sector, targeted for the major developments such as the upcoming bullet trains and electric locomotives technology.