Delhi to Varanasi in 157 minutes at bullet speed: Report

The same study goes on to say that the distance between Delhi-Lucknow will be covered in 1 hour and 38 minutes, the report says.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2017 10:45 am
China, US, China trains, China rail, trains in china, Chinese railway, bullet trains China, China bullet trains, bullet trains in china, bullet trains technology, world news, latest news, china news, us news As per a report by Indian Railways cited by, the overall cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 1.21 lakh crore. ( Representational)

In a bid to reduce travel time for trains running on the Golden Quadrilateral network, the Indian Railways is reportedly conducting several high-speed feasibility tests, Financial Express Online reported. One of the draft reports from the test for the Delhi-Kolkata stretch says that the distance between Delhi-Varanasi will be covered in 2 hours and 37 minutes in a bullet train. The same study goes on to say that the distance between Delhi-Lucknow will be covered in 1 hour and 38 minutes.

“This study is being done by three Messrs – Spain’s INECO, TYPSA and ICT. Right now the draft final report has been submitted to Railways. Various divisions will now study and give their inputs, which in turn will be incorporated by these firms in their final report,” Anil Saxena, Indian Railways Spokesperson, told He added that the final report will be submitted to the Railway Board in a couple of months. “The final report will be submitted to the Railway Board in 2 months time and after that, a decision on the project will be taken,” Saxena told the news website.

As per the report submitted to the Indian Railways, the overall cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 1.21 lakh crore. The Delhi-Varanasi corridor, if flagged off in 2021, is expected to complete in a span of 10 year and cost cost around Rs 52,860 crore. And the Delhi-Lucknow stretch will be completed by 2029. It adds that the maximum operational speed of the bullet trains is being considered as 300 km/hr, while the commercial speed will be 250 km/hr.

The average base fare of the train, as per the report, is expected to cost Rs 4.5 per km. Passengers on the Delhi to Varansi route will have to spend Rs 3240, while the fare for Delhi to Lucknow route will be Rs 1980.

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    paban ghosh
    Jul 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm
    Good ! Less than the cost of 2G Scam of Congress.
    1. H
      Jul 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm
      What an irony !! The South and the West are the main contributors to the Nation's GDP. And yet be it the Tejas trains or the Bullets - all seem to conveniently bypass the South especially. Is this what NaMo means as " cooperative federalism " ? Why will there not be anti- Hindi agitations in the South ?
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        Sumit Singh
        Jul 18, 2017 at 9:31 pm
        What an irony people like you play victim everywhere without doing a bit of Google search. Search Mumbai Chennai Bullet train project.
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        Syed Asif
        Jul 16, 2017 at 5:13 pm
        Its takes 3 hrs to travel a 60km in passenger trains. What bluffing going on by this govt make an average speed of 60 km/hr atleast before going for 300km/hr
        1. V
          Jul 16, 2017 at 4:12 pm
          I dont think any Indian comman man can afford tickit of that train. And people go to Varanasi to spend some time than save some time. This train only made for Modi and Shah for their ' Chainya Chainya "dance of 2019 election.
          1. Y
            Jul 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm
            Have been hearing this from last 3 years. Japan had done this in 1960s. In span of 3 years the Japanese got first train running and Modi government is doing feasibility study from 3 years. First for bullet trains at 300 km/hr and then with Hyperloop at 1000 km/hr. Modi govt. has just got us day dreaming and nothing else.
            1. R
              Jul 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm
              Even 200km/hr is good speed in India if it can be done on existing tracks . Projections of cost will escalate in any case and will take a long time . We should be realistic and practical . E.g Chandigarh to Delhi is 265 km and it takes at least 3and a half hours currently . If we have 175km/hr speed it will take less than half the current time . You have such a train every hour : people will stop going by bus or taxi . How much foreign exchange in cost of petrol or diesel will be saved plus the accident deaths . But our country tries to reach the moon straightaway . In china there are trains at 250 km which run every 20-30 min but are costly . In Europe you have trains at different speeds costing different. So we must tailor make things for ourselves . All said and done the govt is at least thinking of betterment , they should realise people will pay more but up to a certain limit .
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                Raman Govindan
                Jul 16, 2017 at 11:55 am
                projects which are designed for image building are given priority. but of national importance/development, less so.
                1. T
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 11:44 am
                  Jhumle baz ka king size jhumla ... There are lot N lot of things which needed to be done before taking this hybrid step ... The country where basic facility like electricity schools toilets are not accomplished its 100 perc ... Thinking about this sounds like fairy tale
                  1. R
                    Jul 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                    If basic facilities are lacking, first ask the one family that was ruing India like a dynatry, generation after generation...South Korea, Japan, China, India all were at the same level after World War, how is it that India is way behind these countries in all parameters? Maybe for you, that will still be fault of Modi and BJP. Likes of you want India to always wallow in poverty, so that the socialist 'garibi-hatao' can still play-on...pathetic!
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                      Tanbeer alam
                      Jul 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm
                      India was at same level with Japan at world 2 u must be joking or fool.but I smelt stinking chaddi that's u brain become less then bhakt
                      1. T
                        Jul 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm
                        U must be careful ths u don't skip ur bp medicine . a tight slap on u for comparing India with China and Japan .secondly Japan is a small coubtry and population is 1/30 to India .. considering India's size N population we can compare is with China.But still China wasn't ruled by RSS chaddi u know . It's communism what took China to this status the by re u trying to say we need to follow communism ? Hahaha .. ready
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