After the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, the central government has another bullet train in store for Mumbaikars. The Central government is considering to build a high-speed train corridor between Mumbai and Pune. The government is considering shorter high-speed rail corridors to make such projects more feasible.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, after studying high-speed rail networks in China, the authorities have come to this conclusion. The study also revealed that typically, commuters prefer flights to long-distance train journeys. Short-distance corridors make the project more feasible financially.
“The fares of long-distance, high-speed trains would be nearly the same as flights, though the traveling time will be longer than an air journey. This makes long-distance corridors unfeasible, and that’s why long-distance bullet trains have failed in China, too. So we are not looking at long-distance corridors, we are considering short-distance routes that connect the entire country,” a senior officer from National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) told the leading daily.
Mumbai-Pune intercity train takes around three hours, if this travel time can be cut to 60 to 90 minutes there will be a tremendous passenger response, the official added. Short-distance routes see a lot of commuter traffic, for example, include the Delhi-Amritsar and Mumbai-Pune routes.
The Central government is planning 4,500 km of the high-speed rail network, and a Delhi-Amritsar corridor is being taken up. The railway authorities are also planning to link the bullet train project with upcoming metro lines, as well as Central and Western Railway services. During the recent Union Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a railway university will be constructed in Vadodara, which will act as a training center for manpower required for the country’s high-speed rail projects.