Varanasi-Howrah High Speed Rail: Project Information, Routes, Fares and other Details

Sangeeta Singh Posted on: 2022-01-31 12:29:00 Viewer: 3,933 Comments: 0 Country: India City:

Varanasi-Howrah High Speed Rail: Project Information, Routes, Fares and other Details

General Information

Project Summary

  • Project Name: Varanasi-Howrah High Speed Rail (Bullet Train) Project
  • Owner: Indian Railways
  • Operator: National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited
  • Project Type: High Speed Rail
  • Project Cost: NA
  • Route Length: 760 km
  • Train Speed: 320 kmph
  • Journey Fare: Rs 4.5 per km
  • Journey Hours: 2 hours 37 minutes
  • Status: Approved and under DPR stage

Operational Routes



Not yet decided as project in now under construction.

Contact details

National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL)
SEC-09, DWARKA, New Delhi -110077  

Tel: 011-28070000/01/02/03/04

Email: NA


Route Map


Project Information

  • Route Length: 760 km (At grade, elevated and underground)
  • Total Stations: 10
  • Station Names: Varanasi, Buxar, Arrah, Patna, Nawada, Dhanbad, Asansol, Durgapur, Burdaman and Howrah.

Project Cost & Funding:


 Deadline: 2028

Technical Information

  • Design Speed: 350 kmph
  • Average Speed: 250 kmph
  • Track Gauge: Standard Gauge – 1,435 mm
  • Electrification: 25 kv AC 50 Overhead catenary
  • Signalling System: ETCS Level-2 of ERTMS
  • Rolling stock: NA

Major Contractors 

  • Highway Engineering - Magnitude Consortium: For Data Collection and Associated Survey Work for preparing the detailed project report (DPR).  
  • PK Engineers (lowest bidder): Carrying Out Ridership Study  
  • Translink Consultants: Preparation of GADs (General Alignment Drawings)  
  • Groever Infra: Final Alignment Design including Aerial LiDAR Survey  
  • Gaveshna Geosciences Pvt. Ltd. (Lowest Bidder): Survey, Identification of Overhead, Over Ground, Underground Utilities And Identification Of Power Sourcing Options for Substations  
  • TIla Consultants – Monarch Surveyors JV: Detailed Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Report and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)  
  • Overseas Min-Tech Consultant (lowest bidder): Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Report

Progress So Far

  • December 2019: Ministry of Railways had given the task to National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) for preparing the detailed project report (DPR).
  • February 2020: NHSRCL has started floating tenders for various activities including design and survey of the project.

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