Full List of Indian Railways Bullet Train Corridors: Check for proposed routes, stations

Take a look at all the proposed routes and the stations of the bullet trains that are planned by the Indian Government. Also, check out the benefits of the bullet trains on Indian Economy
Created On: Dec 4, 2020 12:30 IST
Modified On: Dec 4, 2020 13:46 IST
Bullet Train in India
Bullet Train in India

It was in In September 2017 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of the bullet train project that would connect Mumbai with Ahemdabad. From then till now the Indian Government has approved of many such projects on various routes. Take a look at all the routes, proposed and under construction below.

What is the Bullet Train?

Japan's Shinkansen high-speed trains are referred to as bullet trains due to their appearance and speed. Bullet train is a term generally used to describe any train of speed above 250 km/h. The first of its kind was built in japan to connect various Japanese regions with Tokyo. 

Bullet Trains in India

Currently, India does not have such technological advancements in this aspect that it can indigenously build a bullet train. The first bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahemdabad has complete technical aid and more than 80 per cent financial aid from Japan.

India would have to pay back to Japan at an interest of 0.01 per cent for the next 50 years.  

 Benefits of Bullet trains in India

  1. Once the trains are functional covering longer routes in a shorter period would be easier thus providing an alternative mode of transport to decongest the roads/ highways.
  2. As the speed of bullet trains is higher interstate travel would increase and a boost would be given to various businesses within cities. 
  3. Railways would be a little free of the heavy population they carry.

Disadvantages of Bullet Trains 

  • Cost: The Mumbai- Ahmedabad high-speed rail alone is costing around INR one lakh crore which is a huge amount relative to the economy. This may result in increased inflation. 
  • Cost to passengers: Taking into account the huge amount of input cost it is expected that the estimated fares would be between INR 4000 to 5000 for the passengers.
  • Land acquisition from farmers and others: This process may take time as it would cause a large displacement of people.

List of bullet train routes

Mumbai Ahmedabad route is a 508-kilometre stretch and the only project that is under construction. The maximum time the government took was to acquire the land but as of now, the project is being taken to the verge of completion. Indian Railways recently got all-important wildlife, forestry and coastal regulation zone clearances in Gujarat and Maharashtra for Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Corridor. The project aims to be completed by June 2022. 

Delhi-Noida-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi route is an 865 kilometres stretch covering states of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi/ Haryana from east to west.  The train would run at a minimum of 250 km/hr. There would be 12 stations in this route and land acquisition process is in process.

Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad is an 886 kilometres route. The major connecting cities are Ahermdabad Delhi bullet train. The two mid-cities are Udaipur and Jaipur. The feasibility studies have begun for the project and have been recently announced. Jewar in Greater Noida would also be one of the connecting cities throughout his train on this route.

Varanasi Howrah Route is in its initial stage. It is a 760 km route with Patna as a major station. In a recent tender document released by National high-speed rail corporation limited, NHSRCL the proposed rail corridor would soon begin land acquisition. 

Mumbai-Nashik-Nagpur is another project of Maharashtra where 753 kilometres is being covered. This project is right now under planning and has been approved by PMO.  

Mumbai-Pune-Hyderabad Route project is in the middle phase and many private players have come into action for this project. 711 kilometres distance would be covered under this project by the train.

Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru project would be covering a distance of 435 kilometres. NHAI is working in collaboration with NHSRCL to build a railway line on this route. The project has been very recently announced and is in its first phase. It has been planned in two main railway lines running in southern India. A Chennai Bengaluru expressway is also on cards on the same route.

Delhi-Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar route covers 459 kilometres and has stations like Jalandhar and Chandigarh as major stations. The government has put this project on the fast track as of now.

Check out the list of proposed 

Name Speed in km/h Distance in km Extension Status
Diamond Quadrilateral 350 7000   Approved in Rail budget 2014
Delhi–Kolkata high-speed rail corridor 350 1500 Howrah Approved by Planning Commission & PMO
Delhi–Amritsar high-speed rail corridor   450   Approved by Planning Commission & PMO
Delhi–Dehradun high-speed rail corridor   200   Approved by Planning Commission & PMO
Delhi–Jodhpur high-speed rail corridor[22]   591   Proposed
Howrah–Haldia high-speed rail corridor 300     Approved by Planning Commission & PMO
Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor 320 534   Under construction
Mumbai–Nagpur high-speed rail corridor 350 883   Approved
Mumbai–Hyderabad high-speed rail corridor[23] 350 747   Approved
Ahmedabad–Dwarka high-speed rail corridor        
Rajkot–Veraval high-speed rail corridor 350      
Chennai–Hyderabad high-speed rail corridor   664 Howrah (Via Visakhapatnam) Approved by Planning Commission & PMO
Chennai–Thiruvananthapuram high-speed rail corridor 350 850   Approved by Planning Commission & PMO
Chennai–Kanniyakumari high-speed rail corridor 350 850   Waiting for Approval from Planning Commission & PMO
Bengaluru–Mysuru high-speed rail corridor[24] 350 110   Approved in Rail budget 2014
Thiruvananthapuram–Kasargode Semi High-Speed Rail Corridor 200 532 Mangalore Waiting for approval from the Railway Board of India[25]

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