Six corridors on Diamond Quadrilateral connecting metropolitan cities and growth centers of India (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata) have been identified for feasibility studies for high speed rail connectivity, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
Feasibility studies for Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata and Mumbai-Chennai have been awarded in September, 2015.
Federal minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha today that feasibility studies for Delhi-Nagpur portion of Delhi-Chennai corridor and Mumbai-Nagpur portion of Mumbai-Kolkata corridor were being undertaken through Government to Government cooperation, with China and Spain respectively.
Indian railways is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km of track over a route of 67,312 km and 7,112 stations.
In 2014-15, IR carried 8.397 billion passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers a day (roughly half of whom were suburban passengers) and 1058.81 million tons of freight in the year.
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