Published on : Monday, July 31, 2017
Indian Railways is now full ready to fulfill a long demand of covering 245 kilometers long distance of Delhi to Chandigarh in flat two hours despite having many curves on the proposed semi high speed route, which will be helpful for the business and tourism sector of north India.
The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor of Indian Railways will connect the two main cities of North India- Delhi and Chandigarh. It is one of the busiest routes in north India. It is slated to be first semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with the help of SNCF, a nationalised French locomotive company.
There are about 10 major curves in this route. It is spanning over 32 km on the existing Delhi- Chandigarh rail route.
The public transporter based in Delhi, will not go for any land acquisition for the Delhi- Chandigarh railway line. It is required for straightening up several curves on the Delhi-Chandigarh for the semi-high speed corridor and instead opt for slowing down while negotiating the track.
The earlier plan to set up the high speed railway line was to flatten these curves to make easy the uninterrupted speed on the semi-high speed route. However, since it requires the land acquisition for the purpose, which is surely a time consuming project. But the Indian Railway Ministry will not go on any land acquisition for this purpose.
In a recent review meeting with the SNCF team, it was decided to avoid land acquisition and instead make some adjustment on curves as much as possible on the existing railway land. Despite curves, the train can take the speed up to 2 hrs to reach Chandigarh from Delhi.
However, the official said, despite curves, the target of reaching Chandigarh in two hours will be achieved. SNCF has been assigned the task of submitting the execution strategy and implementation model of this corridor, with detailed cost of the semi-high speed project involving the upgradation of the Chandigarh- Delhi route. SNCF will also submit the final report with details of cost analysis and technical parameter by the month of October, 2017.
It is likely to cost over Rs. 10,000 crore with about Rs. 46 crore per kilometre for running trains at 200 kmph. It is includes rolling stocks and signal and track upgradation on the Chandigarh corridor. Currently, the Shatabdi Express covers the 245 km distance in about three hours and 30 minutes, which is travelling at a maximum speed of 110 kmph.