How about reaching your destination, 720 km away, in just 2.5 hours by train? Well a bullet train project is currently underway and it will connect Delhi and Varanasi, a report has said. The travel time will be reduced by 9.5 hours, thanks to the high speed train, it said.
Travelling from Delhi to Lucknow, covering a distance of 440 km will take one hour and 38 minutes once the bullet train is operational, a railway official was quoted as saying by Times of India. The bullet train is capable of touching speeds up to 250 km/hour.
The project is part of the Delhi-Kolkata high-speed corridor (1474.5 km). Spanish firm M/s INECO-TYPSA-ICT had conducted a feasibility study of the project and submitted the final draft report to the high-speed rail corporation and railway board on Thursday, a Times Of India report said.
A fare of Rs 4.5 per km could be the base fare, which means, a trip from Delhi to Lucknow will cost at least Rs 1,980 and Delhi to Varanasi around Rs 3,240, the report said.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor scheduled to begin in September this year, and the Mumbai-Nagpur stretch which is in the advanced stage of getting approvals are some of the other projects, it said.
Once approved, the Delhi-Lucknow stretch will be operational by 2029, while the Delhi-Varanasi one by 2031, the report said.
The Delhi-Varanasi stretch will pass through Greater Noida, Aligarh, Lucknow, Sultanpur and Jaunpur, while the main terminal will be in Delhi near Akshardham Temple, it said.
For the 720 km Delhi-Varanasi stretch, the estimated preliminary cost is expected to be around Rs 52,680, while for the 1474.5km Delhi-Kolkata corridor, it could be around 1.21 lakh crore, the report said.