Germany to Help India Increase Speed of Trains to 200 kmph

Published on October 12, 2017
Ministry of Railways and Germany have signed a Joint Declaration of Intent to carry out of feasibility study on existing Chennai-Kazipet corridor of Indian Railways


  • The study which will be carried out by German Railways aims at increasing the speed of passenger trains to 200 kmph on 50.50 percent cost-sharing basis.
  • JoD will deepen the cooperation between the two nation.
  • The focus will be towards the achievement in the priority area of Semi High-Speed Rail, upgrading of current passenger services to SHS (Semi High Speed) up to 200 kmph on the Chennai-Kazipet corridor

The three phases of the project will take the time period of 22 months
Phase 1: Definition of three demand-based Upgrade scenarios for the corridor
Phase 2: Selection of the preferred Upgrade scenario for SHS on the corridor, based on analysis of respective operations and economic-financial impact.
 Phase 3: 
  • Development of Reference design for technical solution on preferred  Upgrade scenario.
  • Procurement concept for Construction works and Railway Systems.
  • Concept and Requirements for construction Phasing under railway  Operations.
  • Preparation of technical tender documents for preferred Scenario usable for Design & Build tendering.
  • Development of recommendations on the implications for a larger SHS program for India.
  • Possible financing options for the implementation of the corridor.

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