A 10-member Russian railways team on Wednesday began a feasibility study for running high-speed trains between Nagpur and Secunderabadthat will drastically cut down travel time in the corridor. The trains will run at 150 kmph. A protocol for undertaking feasibility study of raising speed was signed on October 15, 2016, between Indian and Russian Railways in Goa during the bilateral between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As part of the joint venture, the Russian team led by Alexander Kulagin reached Nagpur on Tuesday and visited Nagpur, Ajni, Sindi, and Butibori stations on Wednesday. Last year, a similar study was conducted from Secunderabad to Nagpur.
In South Central Railway zone, railway authorities have begun examining tracks and signalling systems to execute the project that will be carried out on 50:50 cost sharing basis. A few months ago, Railways inked a similar agreement with Germany to raise speed of trains to 200 km on Chennai-Kazipet corridor. Russian and German teams are examining strength of tracks and sharing ideas to beef up signalling system. “The inspection is on and action plan will be drawn up to execute the project,” an official said. Read More…
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