Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail (HSR) corridor plan rolled out, aims to reduce travel time to 4.5 hours

Once the Delhi-Varanasi corridor is ready, a bullet train could reduce travel time between the two cities to about four-and-a-half hours.

New Delhi: Work on a detailed project report for the proposed Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail (HSR) corridor has begun on the instructions of the central government, a senior official said.

The 865-km-long corridor is one of the eight HSR passageways that have been proposed to optimise high-speed rail connectivity between major cities and give an impetus to the industrial sector. Work has already started on the 508-km-long Ahmedabad-Mumbai corridor that will see bullet trains running at 320 km per hour.

Once the Delhi-Varanasi corridor is ready, a bullet train could reduce travel time between the two cities to about four-and-a-half hours. Last year, the country’s first semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express train was flagged off between New Delhi and Varanasi, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.


“The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has been entrusted by the ministry of railways to prepare detailed project reports (DPR) for seven new HSR corridors in India--namely Delhi-Varanasi, Varanasi-Howrah, Mumbai-Nagpur, Delhi-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Mysore, Delhi-Amritsar, and Mumbai-Hyderabad,” Sushma Gaur, additional general manager (corporate communication) at NHSRCL, told ET.

The proposed link between Varanasi and Howrah is the latest addition to the government’s HSR corridor plan. Earlier his month, NHSRCL had invited four bids related to data collection, preliminary designs, and survey work for the preparation of the detailed project report of the Delhi-Varanasi HSR corridor.

“The collection of relevant data for the preparation of interim detailed project report is under process. The location of stations will be proposed after survey reports and consultation with the government,” Gaur said.

“The interim work on other corridors is also progressing.”An official, who did not wish to be named, said the Delhi-Varanasi corridor may follow the Noida-Agra-Kanpur-Lucknow route.

The bids invited by the NHSRCL for the Delhi-Varanasi corridor include carrying out an environmental impact assessment study and preparation of an environment impact assessment report and environment management plan, data collection and associated survey work, final alignment design, including an aerial LIDAR survey.
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