India needs inter-city high-speed rail: Mobility expert

India needs inter-city high-speed rail: Mobility expert

A mobility expert made a case for the construction of an inter-city high-speed rail (HSR) network for India here on Wednesday while acknowledging that it would not be without challenges.

Dr Ashish Verma, Associate Professor, Transportation Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), spoke about the advantages of having such a system in the country. Such a network is currently being operated in five countries — Japan, France, Germany, China
and Spain.

The trains are typically powered by electricity, travel at speeds of around 250-350 km/hr and operate between major cities in the country.

India has taken one step towards this by sanctioning an HSR track between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Highlighting the significantly higher cost of such a network, Dr Verma said HSR costs Rs 216 crore per km, as compared to Rs 60-70 crore for a 6-lane expressway and `5-6 crore for the existing railway network. However, he said their advantages make it worth the investment. Read More

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