New Delhi: After Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, the Central Government has proposed a second bullet train service on Delhi and Varanasi route. The project connecting Delhi to Varanasi via Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow and Sultanpur,has been fast-tracked in the wake of UP assembly polls next year. This will be a part of the ambitious 1513 long Delhi-Kolkata corridor.
The train is expected to cover the journey in just two hours and 40 minutes. Currently, the trains running on this route take around 10 hours to 14 hours to complete the journey. The travel time between Delhi and Lucknow (506 km) is likely to be 1 hour 45 minutes.
A Spanish firm is studying the feasibility of the proposed corridor and it has already submitted the interim report but the final reports will most likely come in by the end of the year.
The preliminary cost, without rolling stock, being worked out is estimated to be about Rs 43,000 crore for the Delhi-Varanasi stretch. However, the final cost is yet to be worked out.
The bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is expected to begin operation in 2023.