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Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector selected for High Speed trains/bullet trains

New Delhi: The first sector identified for introduction of High Speed trains/bullet trains in the country is Mumbai-Ahmedabad. For this sector, two studies, one - a joint feasibility study, co-financed by India and Japan and another - a business development study by French Railways (SNCF) have been undertaken. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has submitted first interim report in July 2014 and Second interim report was submitted in November 2014. SNCF has submitted the report in September, 2014. Government is undertaking a feasibility study for Diamond Quadrilateral Network of High Speed trains comprising of four sides i.e. (i) Delhi-Mumbai, (ii) Mumbai-Chennai, (iii) Chennai-Kolkata, (iv) Kolkata-Delhi and both diagonals i.e. (v) Delhi-Chennai and (vi) Mumbai-Kolkata. The total length of network will be approx. 10,000 km. Delhi-Chennai section has been identified for feasibility study in cooperation with Govt. of China. Other sections where pre-feasibility studies for high speed rail have been completed / in progress are as below:- (i)Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi -Patna – 991 km, (ii) Howrah-Haldia – 135 km, (iii) Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijaywada -Chennai – 664 km , (iv) Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram – 850 km, (v) Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar- 450 km & (vi) Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer-Jodhpur - 591 km. High Speed Dedicated Freight Corridors The Ministry of Railways has sanctioned implementation of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) with freight train speeds of maximum 100 Kmph. Alignment for both WDFC & EDFC has been finalized. WDFC starts from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai and passes through the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, and terminate at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. The total length of the Western DFC is about 1500 Kms. The Eastern Freight Corridor, starts from Sahnewal near Ludhiana in Punjab and passes through the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and terminate at Dankuni in West Bengal, total length being 1856 Kms. As regards land acquisition, award of 20 F (Compensation Award) under Railway Amendment Act 2008, for 80% of land has been completed. Civil Contracts of about 1100 km and System Contract of 945 km have been finalized. Civil works are progressing in Khurja-Kanpur, Mughalsarai-Sonnagar Section of EDFC and in Rewari-Palanpur Section of WDFC. Excluding Sonnagar –Dankuni Section of EDFC, WDFC and EDFC is targeted to be completed in December 2019. Project implementation schedule, timelines have been drawn up and are being monitored on regular basis. Apart from EDFC & WDFC, Preliminary Engineering Cum Traffic Surveys (PETS) have been taken up for the following DFCs:- • East-West Corridor (Kolkata-Mumbai) - It will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. • North-South Corridor (Delhi-Chennai): - It will traverse through the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. • East Coast Corridor (Kharagpur-Vijaywada): - It will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. • Southern Corridor (Chennai-Goa): - It will traverse through the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa. This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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