The Western railway plans to convert the Mumbai-Delhi line into a high-speed corridor which will allow trains to run at a speed of 160km per hour. For this, the Western Railways would be executing Rs. 4,011 crores. The corridor of 1,384kms which now takes 15 hours will be reduced to 12 hours under Mission Raftaar.
After the Western Railways, got their proposal approved, they tweeted, “After approval of the Central Govt, Mumbai-Delhi route will be upgraded to run Rajdhani Express at 160kmph to cut the travel time to nearly 10 hours, under #MissionRaftaar.”
Ravinder Bhaskar, the chief public relations officer of Western Railway, said, ‘the detailed estimate for the work on the WR portion is Rs. 4,011 crores. This includes upgrading tracks, signals, bridges, overhead equipment installations and removal of some permanent speed restrictions. A combined estimate of the project is being made and will be finalized soon.’
In the proposed plan, an estimate of Rs. 1,933 crores, of which Rs.660 crore will be contributed towards building boundary walls and fencing of the corridor. “A semi-high speed rail network needs a high factor of safety from trespassing and cattle being run over. Not only the life of the people trespassing or livestock but also the passengers aboard the train are put at risk,” a railway official stated.
Whereas, other major expenses will include, electrical works, which are expected to cost Rs.1,237 crore and include upgrades to the current system. A senior railway official said, “To cater to high speeds, we will need to reduce the span of the overhead equipment structures. Old redundant structures will need to be dismantled or removed. The other cost would be to upgrade the signaling systems across the corridor to facilitate semi-high speeds.”