7 new bullet train projects to cost around Rs 10 lakh crore

The Indian government is mulling up for making an investment of Rs 10 lakh crore into seven new bullet train projects. The report comes days after the Railways had indicated that the first such project on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route may see delay amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The new projects include – Delhi-Varanasi (865 km), Mumbai-Nagpur (753 km), Delhi-Ahmedabad (886 km), Chennai-Mysore (435 km), Delhi-Amritsar (459 km), Mumbai-Hyderabad (711 km) and Varanasi-Howrah (760 km).

“As of now, the government has asked us to prepare detailed project reports (DPRs) of seven new corridors. Capital costs can be decided only after the DPR is prepared, as a lot of things like terrains and route length are a factor,” Achal Khare, managing director of National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) was reported saying.

“All the new corridors may not necessarily be built using Japanese technology. Hence, the cost may differ”, said an official.

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