This 886-km long corridor will follow the Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad route. Work is already on at the 508-km long Ahmedabad-Mumbai HSR so these two projects could mean a high-speed connection from the country’s national capital, Delhi to the country’s financial hub, Mumbai. The new route from Delhi to Ahmedabad would also pass through top Indian tourist destinations of Jaipur and Udaipur, making the route an attractive option, senior officials in the government feel.
The tender invited on Tuesday asks for Data Collection and Associated Survey Work for DPR of Delhi-Ahmedabad HSR Corridor. ET had reported in July that the NHSRCL had been entrusted by the Ministry of Railways to prepare Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for seven new HSR corridors in India, namely Delhi-Varanasi, Varanasi-Howrah, Mumbai-Nagpur, Delhi-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Mysore, Delhi-Amritsar, and Mumbai-Hyderabad.
In July, the NHSRCL has invited four bids related to data collection, preliminary designs, and survey works for the preparation of the Detailed Project Report of the 865-km long Delhi-Varanasi HSR Corridor.
The NHSRCL has said that the objective of these new corridors is to meet growing passenger demand and optimise the high speed rail connectivity between major cities, commercial, and economic activity centres.
“Only about 15 countries in the world have such high speed railway systems. The project apart from being a technological marvel, would afford many quantifiable benefits like saving in travel time, vehicle operation cost, reduction in pollution, job creation, reduction in accidents and enhanced safety, imported fuel substitution, and reduction in pollutants,” said the bid document regarding the Delhi-Varanasi project, adding that the project will boost infrastructure and help the growth of the economy.
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