160 kmph train between Delhi-Agra from November

New Delhi, Aug 21 : A decision to run the 160-kmph semi high-speed train between New Delhi and Agra from November this year was taken at a high-level meeting of the Railway Ministry on Wednesday.

In the meeting, it was decided to conduct one more trial run within a week before the launch of regular services.

Fast-tracking the semi-high speed trains project, the Railway Board sat down with 19 Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) and other high ranking officials to thrash out the details. It asked DRMs of remaining eight sections where high speed trains are being introduced to submit their feasibility reports within two weeks.

The sections include Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Hyderabad and Nagpur-Secunderabad.

“Only after receiving the feasibility reports, the commencement dates of speed trains on these sections will be decided,” Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar told Deccan Herald.

The nine corridors in all were announced by Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda in his budget speech in accordance with the Modi government’s high priority to increasing the speed of trains.

The chairman indicated that the fare on these trains will be on a par with other passenger trains. “Revenue earning is not the criterion for these trains,” Kumar added.

Regarding Delhi-Agra train, Kumar said a trial of the single locomotive, 10-car train was conducted on July 3 to test fitness of track at a speed of 160 kmph. Experts approved the trial as successful.

The trial run took 102 minutes and 105 minutes from New Delhi-Agra Cantonment and Agra Cantonment- New Delhi respectively. He said the New Delhi-Agra route has manned level crossing and all other safety aspects have been taken into consideration.

The semi-high speed train on Delhi-Agra route will have the highest speed compared to the other corridors proposed. Delhi-Chandigarh semi-high speed train may have a speed of 130 kmph.

“We have to reduce the duration of travel. The speed may vary according to that. If we reduce travel time by speeding up, people will be happy,” said Kumar.


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  • Ravi B Shenava , Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 21 2014

    Now Kerala MPs will also demand similar high-speed train from Mangalore to Trivendrum and our DVS will immediately sanction the same. Mangalore to Trivendrum 620 km distance will be covered within just 4 hours, fantastic !
    Whereas 425 km from Mangalore-Mysore-Bangalore will take 11 hours by train, Great!!

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  • Ramakrishna A K , Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 21 2014

    The Bangalore-Mangalore train at present runs at a speed of 35 km per hour, because it takes 12 hours to run only 430 km in present route via Mysore or Arasikere.
    Even if they acquire land from Vijay Malya's stud farm at Kunigal and build new Shravana Belagola route it will also be 360 km. Can we expect Railways to introduce any fast trains on this new route at a speed of 80 km per hour and reach from Bangalore to Mangalore within five Hours ?? At least in next 22nd Century !!

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Aug 21 2014

    Thank you Kudlada Kuvara DVSji...

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  • Peter, udupi

    Thu, Aug 21 2014

    1.The first attempt to introduce high-speed trains in India, was made in 1980. The idea came from the then Railway Minister, Madhavrao Scindia.

    2.In the year 2012 (UPA), the Indian Railways set up a subsidiary called High-Speed Rail Corporation of India Limited (H). Established on 25th July, this Corporation deals with the proposed high-speed train corridor.

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  • Jayaram, Kinnigoli

    Thu, Aug 21 2014

    That means nothing new with Faku and team?

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  • yogesh, bombay

    Thu, Aug 21 2014

    I'm waiting for Modi sarkaar's bull-hit train !!!

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