Bullet Train to Connect Delhi-Varanasi by 2031, Cut Travel Time by 9.5 Hours
New Delhi, July 15: Much to the ease of passengers, the government is working on a few projects to connect the national capital with Varanasi by a bullet train. Upon receiving approval, the Delhi-Lucknow stretch will be operational by 2029 and the Delhi- Varanasi one by 2031. The travelling time between Delhi and Varanasi which is at a distance of 720 KM will just be 2.5 hours, cutting the existing travel time down by 9.5 hours.
The estimated preliminary cost for the 720 km Delhi-Varanasi stretch is believed to be around Rs 52,680 crore while Rs 1.21 lakh crore for the 1474.5km Delhi-Kolkata corridor. The Delhi-Varanasi stretch will pass through Greater Noida, Aligarh, Lucknow, Sultanpur and Jaunpur. The report has proposed to keep the main terminal in Delhi near Akshardham Temple. Apart from this bullet train project, other high-speed projects include the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor that will start in September this year. The Mumbai-Nagpur stretch is however is in the advanced stage of getting approvals.
Reports state that the BJP is eager to complete the project connecting the holy city with the nation’s capital. The bullet train capable of touching speeds of up to 250 km/h, a railway official said. With the bullet train in place, travelling from Delhi to Lucknow, a distance of 440 KM will take one hour and 38 minutes.
It has been reported that a feasibility study of the project, which is part of the Delhi-Kolkata high-speed corridor (1474.5 km), was conducted by Spanish firm M/s INECO-TYPSA-ICT. A report by TOI said that the final draft report was submitted to the high-speed rail corporation and railway board on Thursday. As per details stated by the report, a fare of Rs 4.5 per km will be considered as base fare, meaning that your Delhi to Lucknow trip will cost at least Rs 1,980 and Delhi to Varanasi around Rs 3,240.