China to offer aid for India high-speed rail study


(Reuters) – China will conduct and pay for a feasibility study in India for a high-speed rail line to link Delhi with the southeast city of Chennai, a spokesman for India’s Ministry of Railways said on Tuesday, as the country moves to modernise its creaking rail infrastructure.

China has been aggressively campaigning to export its high-speed rail technology, including to governments in Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar, after building the world’s longest domestic network in less than a decade. To date, it has won contracts to build rail lines in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The ministry spokesman gave no cost estimates for the proposed 1,750 kilometre (1,087 mile) line but a study for a high-speed 500-kilometre line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad being conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency estimated that project would cost 600 billion rupees ($9.70 billion). More info

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