passengers want the B’luru-hyd high-speed train project to be accelerated | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: As train travel picks up pace, many rail passengers in the city want the Center to speed up the Bangalore-Hyderabad High Speed ​​Rail (HSR) Corridor.
Two HSR corridors: Mysuru-Chennai via Bangalore (462 km) and Mumbai-Hyderabad (709 km) are already part of the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP). According to the National Rail Plan (NRP) of the Centre, it has been proposed to extend the HSR Mumbai-Hyderabad from Hyderabad to Bangalore (618 km). However, campaigners say the HSR Bangalore-Hyderabad project appears to be on the slow track.
If things go according to plan, high-speed trains will run at a speed of 250 to 350 km/h on standard gauge lines. This will significantly reduce travel time between cities. According to a recent CAG audit, the average speed of postal and express trains and freight trains in 2019-2020 was only 50.6 km/h and 23.6 km/h, respectively.
The Ministry of Railways had considered the preparation of the PNR for 2050 and appointed RITES Ltd as consultant. RITES engaged AECOM India Pvt Ltd to prepare the study. “Additional HSR line between Hyderabad and Bengaluru by extending the HSR Mumbai-Hyderabad line. This will link Mumbai with Chennai and also bring cities like Jammu, Amritsar, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai onto the HSR corridor. All major cities in North, West and South India will be connected. This will help boost the regional economy,” reads the NRP document.
Pruthvin Reddy, a rail activist based in the city, said the Bangalore-Hyderabad high-speed rail project was needed as it will also connect to Mumbai. “Travel demand is very high on this route and the travel time between Bengaluru and Mumbai will also be significantly reduced. It has a lot of potential, especially since Bengaluru and Hyderabad are tech cities.
Currently, there is only one direct daily train – Udyan Express – which takes 23 hours and 35 minutes and travels 1,134 km (33 stations) between Bengaluru and Mumbai. The average speed of Udyan Express is 48.2 km/h. Similarly, going from Bangalore to Hyderabad, which is about 600 km, takes 11 to 12 hours by train, with an average speed of 55 km/h.
A senior National High-Speed ​​Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRC) official said the ministry has entrusted the company with the preparation of DPRs for seven HSR corridors – Delhi-Varanasi (including Ayodhya), Mumbai-Nagpur, Delhi -Ahmedabad, Delhi-Amritsar, Mumbai-Hyderabad, Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru and Varanasi-Howrah. For the Delhi-Varanasi and Nagpur-Mumbai HSR corridors, the DPRs have already been submitted to the railways. DPRs for other corridors are in progress. But none of these projects is sanctioned. The NHSRC only works on DPRs.
On the status of the Hyderabad-Bengaluru HSR corridor, he said the ministry should take the final decision. “We have not received any communication from them so far.”
Civil works on the 508 km Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed line corridor are currently progressing. While the initial deadline for the entire Ahmedabad-Mumbai corridor is December 2023, it is likely to be completed only by 2030.

Jose P. Rogers