“Delhi-Varanasi high-speed train plan still on track” – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

NEW DELHI: Rejecting reports that the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail project has been scrapped, the Ministry of Railways said on Thursday its DPR was still under consideration. “No decision has been taken on the Delhi-Varanasi High Speed ​​Rail DPR. The fact is that the Ministry of Railways has no problem with the DPR of the project,” the ministry said.

He also said that the National High Speed ​​​​Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has finalized the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project and submitted it to the Board of Railways. “He (DPR) is being reviewed by RB, as part of the process of granting approval,” the ministry said.

The proposed alignment of the high-speed corridor passes through Greater Noida, Agra, Lucknow, Prayagraj and Varanasi. The department also said that no meeting had taken place between RN Singh, Senior Executive Director (Infra), and NHSRCL officials to discuss the DPR recently.

However, sources claimed that a meeting was held and the feasibility report for the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed project was discussed and concerns were raised over the project citing multiple curves along the route. The feasibility report proposed that the corridor be built along National Highway-2. He said this would help in acquiring land at cheaper rates and reducing the cost of construction.

However, the technical problem, which acted as a roadblock, was that the NH-2 had curved sections in many places between Delhi and Varanasi, which would make it very dangerous for a train to travel at 350 km/h. indicated the sources. “To run a high-speed train at a speed of 350 km/h, the track of the high-speed corridor must be straight,” they said.

The Ministry of Railways said that since the project has not yet been approved and the detailed report has not yet been approved, it could not answer questions relating to the specific details of the DPR, including the estimated cost. , stoppages and the estimated start date of the works.

NEW DELHI: Rejecting reports that the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail project has been scrapped, the Ministry of Railways said on Thursday its DPR was still under consideration. “No decision has been taken on the Delhi-Varanasi High Speed ​​Rail DPR. The fact is that the Ministry of Railways has no problem with the DPR of the project,” the ministry said. also stated that the National High Speed ​​​​Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has finalized the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project and submitted it to the Board of Railways.” It (DPR) is in the process of being ‘review by RB, as part of the process of granting approval,’ the ministry said. The proposed alignment of the high-speed corridor passes through Greater Noida, Agra, Lucknow, Prayagraj and Varanasi. said no meeting had taken place between RN Singh, Senior Executive Director (Infra), and NHSRCL officials to discuss the DPR recently, however sources said a meeting had taken place and the report feasibility of the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed project had been discussed and concerns had been raised. about the project citing multiple curves along the road. The feasibility report proposed that the corridor be built along National Highway-2. He said this would help in acquiring land at cheaper rates and reducing the cost of construction. However, the technical problem, which acted as a roadblock, was that the NH-2 had curved sections in many places between Delhi and Varanasi, which would make it very dangerous for a train to travel at 350 km/h. indicated the sources. “To run a high-speed train at a speed of 350 km/h, the track of the high-speed corridor must be straight,” they said. The Ministry of Railways said that since the project has not yet been approved and the detailed report has not yet been approved, it could not answer questions relating to the specific details of the DPR, including the estimated cost. , stoppages and the estimated start date of the works.

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