New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): The bullet train implementing agency, National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the proposed 753-kilometre High Speed Bullet Train Corridor between Mumbai and Nagpur to the Railway Board.
This would be alongside Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Mahamarg being constructed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).
The proposed Mumbai-Nagpur High Speed Rail corridor will connec Mumbai with Nagpur via districts like Wardha, Khapri Depot, Pulgaon, Malegaon Jahangir, Jalna, Karanja Lad, Mehkar, Shirdi, Nashik, Aurangabad, Igatpuri and Shahapur.
The DPR, which was completed around mid-February this year, was submitted to the Railway Board on February 28 and is awaiting for further instructions. According to the DPR, the bullet train will be going through 10 districts of Maharashtra and will reduce travel time between the two cities. “Currently, it takes about 12 hours by road. The bullet train is expected to reduce it to four hours,” said an official.
The NHSRCL is also presently executing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project which would be the first Bullet Train proejct in the country. The authority is also preparing DPRs for other six bullet train corridors -
1) 865 km Delhi-Varanasi,
2) 886 km Delhi-Ahmedabad,
3) 435 km Chennai-Mysore,
4) 459 km Delhi-Amritsar,
5) 711 km Mumbai-Hyderabad
6) 760 km Varanasi-Howrah
The Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (Maha Rail), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and the Maharashtra Govt, is also planning a semi high-speed rail corridor between Mumbai and Pune. The feasibility study for this project has also been started.