To make travelling convenient and high-tech, the country is prepping in full swing and bullet trains are proving to be one of the latest offerings in the process. In a vivid picture of growth, seven high-speed rail corridors are already in the pipeline, supported by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) and the latest one which is making the news is the Mumbai-Hyderabad bullet train. This bullet train is set to bring down the travel time between Mumbai and Hyderabad to just 3.5 hours, in contrast to the 10-hour long journey for this 711km route.
A total of 12 stations to be covered between Hyderabad & Mumbai
The existing trains on this stretch run at an average speed of 80-120 kmph but the new bullet train facility will be approximately three times faster than these with a speed of 320 kmph. The Railway Board has already requested the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the details of these high-speed rail corridors.
The entire expanse between the two stops will cover a total of 12 stations, including, Mumbai (BKC), Panvel, Navi Mumbai International Airport, Lonavla, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune, Baramati, Solapur, Gulbarga, Humnabad-Zahirabad, Sangareddy and Hyderabad.
Along with this facility, the other bullet train projects which are currently underway in India include, Delhi-Lucknow-Varanasi (865 km), Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur (741 km), Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad (886 km), Chennai-Mysuru (435 km), Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar (459 km) and Varanasi-Patna-Howrah (760 km).
Achal Khare, MD of NHSRCL told the media, “The government has asked for DPRs of all the seven new corridors. Capital costs can be decided after taking into consideration things like terrains and route length.”