To begin the process of formulating a detailed project report (DPR) for high-speed railway corridor between Mumbai and Nagpur, the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) floated a tender for the same on September 8.
The tenders floated will be for carrying out a survey to identify overhead, overground and underground utilities needed for the project. Moreover, the survey will also include sorting power-sourcing options for substations along the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur high-speed railway corridor. It is expected that the high-speed corridor will reduce the journey time by 50 percent from the current time viz. 11 and a half hours taken by Duranto Express.
As per NHSRCL, if the trains are operated at a speed of 320 km per hour, the travel time will be reduced significantly.
The DPR will also include the identification of land for constructing railway lines and railway station premises. Passenger associations supported the move as the reduction in travel time will help boost the economy of Maharashtra.
DPR for further high-speed corridors will also be prepared for routes – Delhi-Varanasi (865km), Delhi-Ahmedabad (886km), Chennai-Mysore (435km), Delhi-Amritsar (459 km), Mumbai-Hyderabad (711 km) and Varanasi-Howrah (760 km) high-speed railway corridors.