New train to complete Delhi-Chandigarh stretch in 2 hours

The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor, one of the busiest routes in north India, is slated to be first semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with French help.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 31, 2017 1:40 pm
Delhi-Chandigarh trains, Delhi-Chandigarh route, Delhi-Chandigarh travel time, Indian railways, irctc.com, IRCTC, There are about 10 major curves spanning over 32 km on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route. (File photo)

The Indian Railways is going full steam to achieve the target of covering the 245-km long Delhi-Chandigarh distance in flat two hours despite many curves on the proposed semi-high speed route. The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor, one of the busiest routes in north India, is slated to be first semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with French help.

There are about 10 major curves spanning over 32 km on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route.

The public transporter will not go for land acquisition required for straightening up several curves on the Delhi-Chandigarh semi-high speed corridor and instead opt for slowing down while negotiating the track, according to the railways.

The earlier plan was to straighten up these curves to facilitate uninterrupted speed on the semi-high speed route, said a senior Railway ministry official involved with the semi-high speed project.

However, since it requires acquiring land for the purpose which is a time-consuming process, railways decided not to go for land acquisition to avoid delay.

In a recent review meeting with the French team, it was decided to avoid land acquisition and instead make some adjustment on curves as much as possible on the existing railway land, he said.

However, the official said, despite curves, the target of reaching Chandigarh in two hours will be achieved.

SNCF, the French railways, has been assigned the task of submitting the execution strategy and implementation model with detailed cost of the semi-high speed project involving upgradation of the Chandigarh route.

The French team will submit the final report with details of cost analysis and technical parameter by October.

According to a rough estimate, it is likely to cost over Rs 10,000 crore with about Rs 46 crore per kilometre for running trains at 200 kmh, which includes rolling stock and signal and track upgradation on the Chandigarh corridor.

Currently, the Shatabdi Express covers the 245 km distance in about three hours and 30 minutes travelling at a maximum speed of 110 kmh.

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    Kamal Pasha
    Aug 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    Very soon the new train from New Delhi to Ghandinagar with Modi will take two minutes.
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      K.L.Narayana
      Jul 31, 2017 at 8:47 pm
      Railways looting public but no improve in either cleanness or time sense. They loots thousands of crores on cancellation of tickets.tatkal,premium,humsafar,oh no of schemes to get money from public.could you imagine a man's mood when had to board a general bogey after he lost his unreserved waiting ticket not confirmed.he faints to get into train and if he go for urinals he might thought that death is nearing him by uncleaned water less toilet. Many intruders in this column uses rough words because the people in the planning has no knowledge other than ac coaches.of course they get them freely.worst planners makes worst dCISIONS BY THROUGING MANY PASSENGERS ON TO PLATFORM BY RUNNING TRAINS WITH VACANT BERTHS.CONCERN THE GENERAL PUBLIC SO THE RAILWays could develop.if not this uncleaned toilets and unwell food.
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        jack
        Jul 31, 2017 at 6:18 pm
        It is shame that common sense is gone out windows. Those bevkofs in the air condition Railway offices have suddenly realized that Indians are in rush to travel between the cities. Tell me does ever an Indian have any concept of time? Instead of improving the quality of the train seating, toilet facilities and the the stations, they are bent in saving 90 minutes. They should all be sacked including the minister in charge. Please, please please sort out the toilets in the trains and the stations.It is quite shameful that we are not able to do this and the rest of the world is moving ahead. BJP get your act together !! maybe bring back Lalu !!
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          Parth Garg
          Jul 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm
          Trains running late all over the country. What is the hurry to reach Chandigarh?
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            Girish Rao
            Jul 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm
            Two hrs i think it should be one hr only reduce the gap such that Chandigarh becomes a suburb of Delhi. At the same time focus on dedicated freight movement for the nation. For the naysayers there is bullock cart.
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              Gopalarathnam Krishna Prasad
              Jul 31, 2017 at 4:05 pm
              Though I appreciate the effort of IR to hasten up Delhi Chandigargh travel to 2 hrs ...present 3,5 hrs is also good. Spend those rfunds in more useful sector... In Chennai Velsachery -- Mount strech needs 500 meers connection but not implemented for past 5 years ...a Very vital link for Chennai .. also will drastically increase revenue for IR ... Please Sir, get Velschery -- Mount Link connected.
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                Shekhar
                Jul 31, 2017 at 3:49 pm
                aur kitna bevkoof banaoge yaar...tumhe sharm nai aati...there is nothing on ground....only fansy words and hollow sophistry in planning....
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                  Pradeep Chaturvedi
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm
                  Most of the indians travel without any work unnecessarily. They have nothing else to do. Our over-burdened tracks cannot carry any load. Instead of wasting Rs 1000s of crores on glamorou8s trains let us clean stations add extra chair-cars. Indians dream a lot . Air travel in the long run will be cheaper it needs only airports planes.
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