According to sources, a high-speed train between Varanasi and Howrah via Buxar, Ara and Patna is to be set up. The railways had completed survey work on the 76,000 km route from Varanasi to Howrah in October last year.
The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) had carried out another investigation into the operation of a high-speed train on the Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Gaya-Dhanbad-Howah grand accord (GC) route, have indicated sources.
Although the railways intend to run high-speed trains soon at the maximum speed of 350 km/h on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, they have to do preparatory work in Bihar and run at least semi-high speed trains on the Pt Deen Dayal Upadhaya Junction-Howrah main line and on GC routes. , sources said.
Former chief engineer and technical expert for the railways, GN Sahay, said the Union budget should allocate funds for the establishment of a separate terminal for MEMU trains on the grounds of Hardinge Park .
The railways had proposed to build multi-purpose utility platforms for MEMU and local commuter trains on the Hardinge Park land modeled on Mumbai’s Double Dump (DD) platforms. “However, the railways have not yet taken possession of the land,” he said, adding that the proposed Hardinge Park terminal would reduce the traffic load on Patna Junction and connect the state capital to the northern region of Bihar.
The Bihar Daily Passengers Association has many expectations from the Union budget. The request for a third line between Mokama and Buxar has long been pending with the Board of Railways. In addition, the association expects a semi high-speed train like Duronto or Rajdhani between Patna and New Delhi.
According to sources, the Jhajha-Mokama-Patna-Ara-Buxar road has reached over 160% saturation. There is an immediate need for a third line on this route to facilitate traffic flow.