India’s Second bullet train after the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor will run from Delhi to Varanasi, a distance of 782 km, and could complete the journey in less than 3 hours. Currently, the trains running on this route take around 10 to 14 hours to complete the journey.
According to Times of India , the government has accorded the Delhi-Varanasi bullet train project topmost priority after it inked a deal for funds with Japan and set up the High Speed Rail Corporation for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch. BJP government is looking to complete the work on train as soon as possible and planning to run the train before the Uttar Pradesh polls in 2017.
After the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, second bullet train will soon run between the stations of Delhi and Varanasi.
The train will follow a route via Lucknow, Aligarh, Agra and Kanpur, and Varanasi, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency. The cost for the project is estimated at Rs 43,000 crore. Rail Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will start its operation in 2023.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted by Japan to the Rail Ministry has proposed 25 per cent of construction on elevated corridor, 64 per cent of the work on surface (mostly embankments) and 6 per cent as tunnels. a Spanish firm has already been roped in by the Railways to study the feasibility of the project. The firm is expected to submit its final report in November.