French experts to upgrade Delhi-Chandigarh rail route to 200 kmph

By PTI  articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com

NEW DELHI: Aiming at reducing the journey time between New Delhi and Chandigarh, Railways have undertaken a pilot project jointly with French experts to run a train at 200 km per hour. 

A core team comprising 30 experts from France and India has been constituted to conduct a study and submit a report to the public transporter by December this year.

According to a senior Railway Ministry official involved in the high speed project, “The pilot project will also provide recommendations for upgrading nine high-priority passenger lines to provide semi-high-speed service over a total of 6,400 km rail network.”

In addition, three banks and more than 15 French rail industry companies, including Alstom, Thales, Vinci, ETF, Vossloh Cogifer, Actia, Elno, Lumiplan, Railtech, Keolis, will monitor the study.

The official said, “We are working together with the SNCF (French railway) on the pilot project to upgrade the 245-km Delhi-Chandigarh passenger line, under a deal signed last December.” More info

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