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Aurangabad to be a part of Mumbai- Kolkata (Phase1 Mumbai- Nagpur) High Speed Rail Corridor

Aurangabad to be a part of Mumbai- Kolkata (Phase1 Mumbai- Nagpur) High Speed Rail Corridor. Feasibility Report submitted to Indian Railways Confirmed the inclusion of Aurangabad in HSRC.

ADIF, Spain state owned company has submitted its Final Feasibility report on Mumbai-Nagpur to Indian Railways. According to the report route for the corridor has been selected via Nashik, Aurangabad and Akola.

The Mumbai-Nagpur (via Aurangabad) HSR’s feasibility is done by Spanish railway infrastructure firm Adif, partnered by Ineco. The Indian agency was also involved in the study is High Speed Rail Corporation. They visited Nashik, Aurangabad and Jalgaon last year, before finalizing the route. Its main objective was to evaluate if the project is feasible, minimizing all technological risks link to a HSR project, reaching the best cost effectiveness and studying all the financing requirements. As main reference for this Feasibility Study it has been considered the Spanish proven technology on High Speed Lines, adapted to India´s specific conditions.

Key features of the projects are as follows.
1. Combined project of IR and Spain Govt
2. In Maharashtra route will be Mumbai-Thane-Nashik-Aurangabad-Akola-Nagpur.
4. Mumbai to Nagpur line is planned to be constructed in 8 years.
5. Separate double line along with service stations will be built.
6. Alignment is planned in such way that hilly regions will provide minimum hurdle.
7. Other routes chosen are: Mumbai-Delhi, Mumbai-Kolkata, Mumbai-Chennai.
8. The time required to travel from Aurangabad to Mumbai and Nagpur will be 2 Hrs only.
9.Passengers from both ways is expected to be 20,000/day in 2025 to 60,000/day in 2050

Possibility of extending service typology to increase high speed line use

a. Apart from the train sets to be used in the core service, other trains could use the line…
b. Offering low cost travel to attract new passengers.
c. Extending their journey through conventional network to reach new destinations
Variable Gauge trains HS EMUs (TALGO or CAF) to be used to set exploitation plan.
d. Trailed high speed rolling stock could offer new (and attractive) possibilities
e. Locomotives would remain inside the line and only the less‐expensive part of the train would continue beyond
f. As much as 1400 quality standard class seats per train (although beds are also possible)

CityKatta’s take on this Project:
If it happens, will get quick access to BKC (financial Capital & Central Business district of Mumbai) One can reach the heart of Mumbai in 2 & 1/2 to 3 hours. DMIC Aurangabad being a manufacturing hub will get direct connectivity to financial capital of the country.
High Speed Connectivity to two metropolitan regions i.e Kolkata & Mumbai. Future linkages with North South corridor making indirect connectivity with Delhi in North and Hyderabad, Banguluru and Chennai also possible

What do you think?

Written by Nikhil Bhalerao

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