Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore High-Speed Rail Project Gains Momentum: Updates on Surveys, Contracts, and Future Prospects”

Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore High-Speed Rail Project: Got an update on the ambitious 435-km Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore High Speed (Bullet) Rail (HSR) project. It connects Chennai, the automobile manufacturing hub, Bangalore, the tech and start-up hub, and Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka.

Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore High-Speed Rail Project

Bangalore: The Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore region is a high-density corridor with companies, tech parks, manufacturing plants, and townships. The high-speed rail project is expected to reduce travel time between Mysore and the capitals of the two southern states.

As per the proposed alignment, the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore HSR will pass through nine stations. Major stations are Chennai, Poonamallee, Arakkonam (Tamil Nadu), Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh), Bangarapet (Karnataka), Bangalore, Channapatnam, Mandya and Mysore.

Driving the Survey;

National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) has already awarded contracts for general alignment drawings, survey, overhead identification, overground and underground utilities, and power sourcing options for substations, Money Control reported.

Sources said that land survey work is going on in the corridor and a meeting has been held with the landowners. The Detailed Planning Report (DPR) reveals the exact alignment, location of stations, estimated ridership, and fare structure.

Currently, the fastest train between Mysore and Chennai via Bangalore is Vande Bharat Express, which takes 6 hours and 30 minutes. However, the bullet train completes the journey in 2 hours and 25 minutes. Bullet trains run at a maximum speed of 350 km/ph and an average speed of 250 km/ph, with a capacity of 750 passengers per train.

Promotion of Industrial Development

The high-speed rail project is expected to benefit thousands of people commuting between Mysore, Bangalore, and Chennai, especially businessmen, techies, and others. Rail experts said HSR could attract air passengers to trains.

Air passengers traveling in the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore sector can focus on traveling by train. It is said that there is no need to arrive early for airport check-ins and travel to Bangalore Airport, which is 40 km from Central, can be avoided.

Land acquisition is a major challenge for the project. After acquiring the land, the project will also come on track. In 2016, a team of German engineers conducted a feasibility study for the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore corridor.

The 435 km high-speed rail network is likely to cost $16 billion (around Rs. 1 lakh crore). With funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) is likely to implement HSR corridors based on Japan’s E5 Shinkansen bullet train technology.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR project is the only sanctioned project in the country being implemented with technical and financial assistance from the Government of Japan, NHSRCL officials said. A bullet train is expected to be connected to Bangalore by 2041. Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore high-speed train is likely to come in 2051.

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