AMRITSAR OCTOBER 24, 2008
Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar high speed train gets nod for pre-feasibility report from Lok Sabha
October 24, 2008———
Even as the issue Mumbai to Ludhiana freight corridor’s extension to Amritsar is held in abeyance the
Ministry of Railways has decided to conduct pre-feasibility studies for construction of high speed passenger corridors equipped with state of the art, signaling and train control system for Delhi – Chandigarh – Amritsar corridor . along with this studies would also be conducted for three other “high speed rail ” corridors including ‘ Pune – Mumbai – Ahmedabad’; ‘ Hyderabad – Dornakal – Vijayawada – Chennai’ and ‘Chennai – Bangalore – Coimbatore – Ernakulam’ .
The proposed section will be having dedicated tracks solely for running trains at speed of 300 to 350 kilometers per hour. These trains will have state of art technology, traveling comfort and on board services. The Rail ministry said presently, technology for such trains is not available with Indian Railways. Detailed requirement of technology will be assessed during the course of pre-feasibility study.
Till now, global tenders for engaging a consultant for Delhi– Chandigarh – Amritsar and Pune–Ahmedabad have been invited by Ministry of Railways.
Minister of State for Railways Dr. R. Velu informed in a written reply in Lok Sabha .