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Railways to introduce 350 kmph bullet trains by 2020

 

Indian Railways’ `Vision 2020′ document envisages the implementation of at least four high-speed rail projects to provide bullet train services at 250-350 kilometre per hour (kmph) by 2020, in addition to a massive expansion and reform of its route network, the ministry said in a press release,

The white paper, presented in the parliament by the railway minister Mamta Banerjee, aims at segregation of passenger and freight services into separate double-line corridors, raising the speeds of passenger trains from the current 130 kmph to 160-200 kmph on some routes, as also elimination of accidents and equipment failures.

On Thursday, visiting Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama also made a strong pitch for introducing bullet trains in India saying that this would benefit both sides.

He discussed the prospect of such a plan at length during his meeting with prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday

“Since its inception (in Japan), there has been no accidents. We would like to see this technology being used in India,” Hatoyama said after his meeting with Singh.

Former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav said early this year that the ministry was in the process of appointing global consultants for introducing the high-speed trains on certain routes

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Indian Railways will soon run bullet train: Lalu

Fresh from a ride on Japan’s famed bullet train, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Monday said his ministry was in the process of appointing global consultants for introducing the high-speed trains on certain routes.
"The day is not far off when the bullet train will run in the country," Prasad told. "We are in the process of appointing global consultants for introducing bullet train on certain routes," he said.
About the possible routes for running such trains, he said "we are examining the possibilities of running it on some routes including Mumbai-Ahmadabad, Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Patna".
During his visit to Japan last week, Prasad had got a first hand experience of the fast trains travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto at a speed of about 300 km per hour.
Asked about his bullet train experience, he said "It was very good. The bullet trains are well managed in Japan."
Meanwhile, the Railways have invited global tenders for conducting pre-feasibility study of high-speed train corridor on the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar route.

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