Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Bangalore-Chennai ‘bullet’ train

Bangalore-Chennai ‘bullet’ train
Deccan Herald

The bullet train project is in tune with the UPA’s policy of modernising the Indian railways by introducing high-speed rail technology.

A bullet train that runs at an average speed of 250 km per hour, may hit the Bangalore-Chennai track in the near future, reports DHNS from Bangalore.

Hinting this at a press conference in Bangalore on Monday, Minister of State for Railways R Velu said a proposal to convert the existing Bangalore-Chennai line into a high-speed corridor was on the anvil. When the project becomes operational, the travel time between Bangalore and Chennai will be reduced by at least two hours.

The bullet train project, that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has shown keen interest in, is being billed as the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) answer to the previous NDA government’s much commended national highway development project.

The bullet train project is in tune with the UPA’s policy of modernising the Indian railways by introducing high-speed rail technology.

But before the project is introduced in the Bangalore-Chennai sector, it will be phased in on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad line, covering a distance of about 500 kms.
When it actually starts running, the commercial capitals of Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be connected with each other in less than two hours as against five to six hours by the existing fastest train, the Shatabdi Express. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad project is likely to cost Rs 8,000 crore and is to be executed by 2010. Mr Velu said two Japanese companies have been commissioned to study the projects' feasibility.

Mr Velu said the survey for the much anticipated Bangalore-Sathyamangalam railway line will be completed within six months. The survey up to Talawadi has been completed, he said.


At Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 8:11:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow it is so funny that every government that comes to power starts some new bizarre project just to undermine the opposition or the preveious ejected government. And this is the reason for all our apathies. By focussing on the bullet train project the National highway prject will be shelved or half done. And in the next election the bullet train will be half done and congress will be thrown out. Hopefully BJP will come to power and work some more on the Highway project. So i guess the bullet train and the highway project will be ready after many centuries. This disunity and political ego adds to the already lazy attitude of the governance, leading to appaling living condition of the people.

At Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 1:00:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger Vivek said...

Three and a half years later, still nothing. Don't get me wrong, the financial turnaround of Indian Railways is a laudable achievement, but let's set the bar a bit higher now. If we want the 2020 Olympics, we need high speed rail links across the country.

At Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 9:00:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets start with high speed trains first before venturing to bullet trains.


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