The idea of completing the train journey between Patna and Delhi in four and a half hours may seem too far-fetched right now. However, this may become a reality within seven years.
Work on the proposed Delhi-Patna high speed corridor project is continuing at full swing to make this possible.
This project has passed the first barrier with the rail ministry accepting a survey report and giving it the go-ahead, said a senior officer of North Central Railway.
The Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna high speed corridor will be about 991 km long, over which trains would run at 300 km/hr speed. At present, the same distance is covered in around 12 hours running at an average speed of 55km per hour.
At present, it takes nearly 20 hours to cover the distance of 1233 km between Delhi and Mumbai, via Mathura and Bharatpur with an average train speed of 65 to 80 km/hr, rarely achieving 110 km/hr speed.
Tracks are being developed for high speed trains to reduce time span for Delhi-Mumbai journey by increasing trainsf speed. It is believed, that trainsf speed would exceed up to 210 km/hr and average speed would be in between 160 and 180 km/hr. Then it would take only 7hr 15 mins to travel between Delhi and Mumbai, even as the Delhi-Jaipur travel time would be frozen to just 45 minutes!
For the same purpose two teams of rail experts from India and Japan have conducted an exhaustive survey this year.
The survey report on the corridor has been completed by Mott MacDonald, a UK firm.
The National High Speed Corporation has been already been constituted to oversee the construction of the corridor, The railways recently signed an agreement with Spain to promote cooperation and information exchange in the areas of bullet trains, enhancing speed of passenger trains on existing lines and improving safety of train operations.
The MoU was signed by railway minister C P Joshi and Spanish minister of public works and transport, Ana Pastor Julian for technical cooperation in the rail sector that includes modernization of rolling stock among others. Railways has announced seven high-speed corridors and has prepared a cabinet note to set up a high-speed rail authority to run trains at 300 km/hour.