In what could be a big leap for the city, the pre-feasibility study of a high-speed train corridor connecting Mumbai-Ahmedabad has been completed by a private firm and submitted to the railway board for further inspection. Hindustan Times had reported on October 20 about the railways reviving interest in this project.
The railways had a two-day international conference, in the city, on high-speed corridors on October 20-21.
It was a joint conference with countries like Spain, France, Japan and Korea as part of the International Union of Railways (UIC) where high-speed trains exists.
“The pre-feasibility study on high-speed corridors has been completed and has been submitted to the railway board," said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, Western Railway. The railways are looking at ways that will help them implement high-speed train corridors, which will enable trains to run at more than 250 kmph.
"The high-speed corridors should be tailor-made for each Indian city," said chairman of railway board, Vivek Sahai at the conference. The railways are planning to bifurcate these corridors into three phases of 500 km, 500-1,500 km and above 1,500 km.
There are 13,000 km of high-speed corridors across the world, while an additional 17,000-km will be added in the next two years.