Delhi-Varanasi bullet train may cover 782km in 2 hrs 40 mins

The second bullet train after the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor will run from Delhi to Varanasi, a distance of 782 km, and could complete the journey in just two hours and 40 minutes.

The project connecting the capital to the pilgrimage city, which is also PM Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, while passing through Lucknow has been fast-tracked ahead of the UP polls next year.

Though it will be a while before the service rolls out, the Delhi-Varanasi stretch — part of the Delhi-Kolkata corridor — has been accorded topmost priority for the railways after the national transporter accelerated the Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch by tying up funds with Japan and setting up of the High Speed Rail Corporation.

The train will follow a route via Lucknow, Aligarh, Agra and Kanpur, to reach it’s destination, Varanasi, which is also Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.
It aims to cover a distance of 782 km within a duration of 2 hours and 40 minutes. The preliminary cost for the project is estimated at Rs 43,000 crore.

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