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After much delay, project to finally be implemented

mumbai Updated: Oct 21, 2010 02:03 IST
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It’s been three years since the high-speed Mumbai-Nagpur Maglev train was proposed, but it hasn’t taken off yet.

Now, the Indian Railways are holding joint conference as part of the International Union of Railways with countries such as France, Korea, US and China and where high-speed trains exists.

The railways are looking at ways to help them implement high-speed train corridors, which would enable trains to run at more than 250 km per hour.

In May, the state government had selected a German consulting firm, Vossing, which has given a green signal in its pre-feasibility report.

As per the proposal, high-speed trains will take around three hours to cover this 850 km stretch, instead of 14 hours.

“The high-speed corridors should be tailor-made for each city as per their needs,” said chairman of Railway Board, Vivek Sahai.

The railways are also planning to bifurcate these corridors in three phases of up to 500km, 500-1500km and above 1500km.

RN Verma, general manager of Western Railway said a full proof and guaranteed security solution would be required in cities like Mumbai, which are vulnerable to terror attacks.

The officials also feel that the high cost of implementation is one of the major reason for slow progress of high-speed corridors.

Eight months ago even the Railway minister Mamata Banerjee had proposed six high-speed rail corridors covering cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad in the Rail Budget.

Early this month Banerjee was also invited by to attend an international conference on high-speed rail system.