Delhi to Chandigarh travel will soon become a two-hour journey. Yes, that’s right! France’s national state-owned railway company SNCF has been doled out the task to put forward the implementation strategy and execution model with the detailed cost of the semi-high speed project. This project would involve upgradations of the Delhi-Chandigarh route.
Reach Delhi-Chandigarh in Two-hour
The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor is one of the busiest routes in north India. Even though the route has many curves, The Indian Railways is endeavoring to go full steam to cover the Delhi-Chandigarh distance in flat two hours. On the proposed semi-high speed route, the Indian Railways is hopeful to achieve the target of covering the 245-km long Delhi-Chandigarh distance.
One of the busiest routes in north India, the Delhi-Chandigarh corridor is believed to be the first semi-high speed project. The project is being taken up by the state-owned transporter. With the French assistance, the transporter is expected to run the trains between Delhi-Chandigarh stations at a maximum speed of 200 kmph.
Major challenge in the Delhi Chandigarh route
It has been reported that there are approximately 10 major curves on the Delhi-Chandigarh route which may pose a challenge on the railway track to reduce the travel time. These curves, on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route, are expected to span over 32 kms. It was also reported that the public transporter will opt for slowing down the train while negotiating the track, in place of acquiring the land required to straightening up numerous curves on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route. The public transporter is expected to utilise the technical assistance on the proposed Delhi-Chandigarh semi-high speed corridor to control the train at these curves.
Measures to fasten the process
It was reported that in order to avoid any delay in the Delhi Chandigarh semi-high speed corridor project, the railways decided to avoid land acquisition process. Land acquisition being a time-consuming process, the railways wanted to follow the process that can save time in the completion of the Delhi Chandigarh semi-high speed corridor project. As per the meeting between the French team and the railway team, it was decided that rather following the land acquisition procedure to complete the project, the team will make some adjustment on the existing curves on the Delhi-Chandigarh rail route and will make the optimum use of the existing railway land on this route.
Achieving the Target
Despite the curves on the Delhi-Chandigarh rail route, the teams believe that they will successfully achieve the target of reaching Delhi to Chandigarh in two hours. The French team is expected to submit the final report with details of the technical parameter and cost analysis after two months from now. The project is believed to cost over Rs 10,000 crore (roughly). The estimated cost for running the train at 200 kmph is expected to be around Rs 46 crore per kilometre. This cost will include rolling stock and signal and track upgradation on the Chandigarh corridor.
Currently, the fastest train on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route is the Shatabdi Express that covers the 245 km distance in about three and a half hours. The maximum speed that the Shatabdi Express touches is 110 kmph.