Delhi: Thumbs-up to high-speed bullet trains
New Delhi: The Planning Commission has given
its thumbs-up for setting up of High Speed Rail Authority of
India (HSRA) for running bullet trains in the country which it
said will be part of the 12th Five Year Plan beginning this
"Definitely, there have to be different authorities for
that (implementing bullet train projects," Planning Commission
Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told PTI when asked
whether there is need for separate HSRA.
Railways has identified six corridors for running bullet
trains at a maximum speed of 350 KM per hour. It has also
decided to constitute a separate authority for implementation
of the project.
Railway have sought comments from the Planning
Commission, Finance Ministry, Urban Development Ministry and
Environment Ministry on its proposal to bring a bill to set up
Responding to the need for setting up of HSRA for the
project, Ahluwalia said "I think you cannot do high speed
trains with the same system."
"The real question is in what time horizon, we can do
it," he said adding it will be part of the 12th Plan which
will terminate in March 2017.
The six such projects are: Amritsar-Chandigarh-Delhi
(450), Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna (991 km),
Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km), Hyderabad-Vijaywada-Chennai
(664km), Chennai-Bangalore-Ernakulam (649), Howrah-Haldia (135