Lucknow: If things which are planned will movie in right direction then passengers can reach Lucknow from Delhi in just one hour and 45 minutes from Bullet train.
With among one of the dream projects of Indian Prime Minster of Narendra Modi, the second bullet train after the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor will run from Delhi to Varanasi; which will cover a total distance 782 Kilometers in just two hours and 40 minutes.
One may call it political stunt as this second bullet train project is coming to poll bound Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi city which is the Lok Sabha Parliamentary constituency of PM Modi.
Basically, the Delhi-Varanasi stretch is part of the Delhi-Kolkata corridor and it has been given topmost priority for the railways after the national transporter speed up the Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch by taking funds from Japan to set up this High Speed Rail Corporation.
This Delhi-Varanasi stretch will pass through Aligarh, Agra, Lucknow and Sultanpur after staring from Delhi.
According to sources, the interim report by Spanish firm; which is conducting study of the high-speed rail corridor was discussed by the Railway Board and will submit its final report in November.
Till yet the report suggest, the time taken in travelling total distance of 502 km between Delhi and Lucknow is likely to be of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
While, the travel time between Delhi to Kolkata (1,513 km) will take 4 hours 56 minutes.
The preliminary cost is estimated to be about Rs 43,000 crore for the Delhi-Varanasi stretch and around Rs 84,000 crore for the entire Delhi-Kolkata corridor.
However, the final cost will be worked out only after detailed field study of the finally chosen alignment.
The possibility of operating doubledecker high speed trains on this section is also being explored by the consultant.