A German plan for the Chennai-Mysore high-speed rail network proposes to cut down travel time by nearly five hours by 2030. The high-speed rail line will pass through Bengaluru, reducing travel time between these two cities as well.
German Ambassador Martin Ney submitted the feasibility study for the network to Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani on Thursday.
German Study on High Speed Corridor Chennai-Bangaluru-Mysore handed over by Ambassador Dr. Ney to @RailMinIndia Chairman Ashwani Lohani. Ambassador Dr. Ney: High Speed is not only feasible, but the most efficient way to tackle connectivity issues. pic.twitter.com/fZ7T7n1b5R
— German Embassy India (@GermanyinIndia) November 23, 2018
The plan aims to cover the 435-km distance with a maximum speed of around 320 kmph, reducing the travel time between Chennai and Mysore (Mysuru) to two hours and twenty minutes (from the current 7 hours).
German Plan: Chennai-Mysore High-Speed Rail Network
The German plan suggests the estimated infrastructure cost for the high speed rail network to be approximately Rs 1 lakh crore with the rolling stock incurring an additional cost of Rs 150 crore.
There will be 85% elevation and 11 % tunnels along the route – Chennai-Arakkonam-Bangalore-Mysore. This would reduce the travel time between Chennai and Bengaluru to 100 minutes and the distance between Bengaluru and Mysore (Mysuru) would be covered in 40 minutes.
Apart from reducing the travel time, the plan also promises to manage the traffic growth.
The estimated time for the project would be three years for planning and a further nine years for its implementation. The route will be operational by 2030.
Suggestions And Future Plans
It has also recommended that India focus on integrating current conventional railway lines with the high-speed line to cut down expenses and land acquisition instead of a seperate high-speed corridor. The Railway Board, however, believes that the existing rail network of the country is too over-saturated and complicated for the suggestion.
Germany now plans to propose feasibility studies for other routes like New Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Nagpur and Mumbai-Nagpur.
The study has been financed by the German government.
Inter-City High-Speed Rail Corridors
Currently, the Indian Railways is working on high speed train corridors which will permit speeds between 200-250 kmph, bringing down the journey time considerably.
The most ambitious project is the Mumbai-Ahmedabad section which will see India’s first Bullet Train built using the Japanese Shinkansen high-speed technology. It can attain a maximum speed of 350 kmph though the operating speed is expected to be about 320 kmph.
High-Speed Corridors are also being planned for the following stretches: Delhi-Mumbai; Mumbai-Chennai; Delhi-Kolkata; Delhi-Nagpur and Mumbai-Nagpur.