Hi-Speed Rail Network Connecting 4 Metros May Be Launched By Aug 2022
The Indian Railways' ambitious project of reducing travel time by interconnecting four major metros with a high-speed network of trains running at 160 kmph could be launched by August 2022. The four metros include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
The current average speed of trains on this network is around 88-90 kmph.
Christened the Golden Quadrilateral, the project envisages creation of a 10,000 km network of semi-high speed routes.
In a meeting on November 28, the railway board started the process of drawing up a blueprint to interconnect the four metros. This will include six routes – from Delhi-to Mumbai; from Delhi to Howrah; from Delhi to Chennai, from Chennai to Howrah; from Chennai to Mumbai and from Howrah to Mumbai. The NITI Aayog has already given a go-ahead to the proposal while the Cabinet has yet to give its approval.
"We are still finalising the blueprint and efforts are on to officially launch the project by August 2022, to coincide with the celebrations around India's 75th year of Independence. However, everything depends on how we manage to meet every deadline set for the project", a railway official said.
While fund was allocated in the Budget 2017-2018 for the Delhi-Mumbai and the Delhi-Howrah routes, money for the other four routes could be included in the Budgets of 2018-2019.
The board is likely to finalise a detailed cost estimate for the remaining routes by December 31 this year. Sources in the ministry say that an additional budgetary allocation of around Rs 36,000 crore will be required for the project.
With inputs from Housing News