Considering the massive cost of running bullet trains, the Railways has decided to move step-by-step, by taking up the task of upgrading speeds of existing trains to 160-200kmph.
The Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) is working on a project to raise the speed on Delhi-Agra section to 160kmph and bring down the journey time from 130 minutes to less than 100 minutes while ensuring superior ride quality. “The project is expected to be ready by the end of October. As the next step, the Corporation has planned to accelerate upgrading of speed potential on other sections, as well as launch a project to upgrade the speed potential to 200kmph by applying the knowledge and experience gained from the Delhi-Agra project.
To meet the demand for more passenger trains, the Corporation plans running trains at speeds of more than 200-300kmph by building a new dedicated corridor.