Draft report for Delhi-Kolkata HSR corridor submitted to Railway Board

The draft final report for the Delhi-Kolkata high speed rail corridor project has been submitted to the High Speed Rail Corporation and the Railway Board for examination. The report was prepared by a consortium of the Ineco Group, TYPSA Consulting and Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Private Limited. As per the report, the project will originate near Akshardham Temple in Delhi while covering a distance of 1,474.5 km from Delhi to Kolkata. The project has been estimated to cost Rs 1,210 billion with the Delhi-Varanasi stretch estimated to cost Rs 526.8 billion. The project will be designed for an operational speed of 300 kmph with a commercial speed of 250 kmph. Construction work is expected to commence in 2021 with the Delhi-Lucknow stretch likely to be completed by 2029 and Delhi-Varanasi stretch by 2031. At present, the report is being examined by the concerned authorities, following which the final report will be submitted by September 2017.