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Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw, who visited the Banaras Locomotive Workshop (BLW) in Varanasi on Saturday, said significant progress has been made in bringing bullet trains to the country, but much more needs to be learned before the new technology is implemented.
“Everyone is absorbing the new system and learning from it,” he said.
Vaishnaw, who also holds the portfolios of Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, added that the government is taking lessons from its first bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. “Once there is further development in the project, the new high-speed rail corridors will be set up across the country,” he added.
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Meanwhile, talking about the Varanasi-Delhi bullet train railway project, Vaishnaw said that the feasibility study of the bullet train project between Varanasi and Delhi is still going on and a survey has also been conducted. “A survey of the bullet train for Varanasi and its full feasibility study is being done,” he said.
The proposed 985 km long Varanasi-Delhi bullet train corridor will cover at least 13 stations including Delhi, Noida, Jewar Airport, Agra, Mathura, New Etawah, South Kannauj, Lucknow, Ayodhya, Rae Bareli, Prayagraj, New Bhadohi and Varanasi.
In 2019, the Ministry of Railways assigned the task of preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRSCL). Later, in 2022, the overall route was completed by NHSRCL.
According to railway officials, the high-speed link will reduce the travel time between Varanasi and Delhi to 120 minutes.
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Rajesh Kumar, public relations officer of BLW, said, “Vaishnaw visited BLW and took stock of the manufacturing process of the 12,000 HP locomotives and inquired about the features and specifications. Thereafter, the minister held a meeting with general manager Anjali Goyal, head department heads, senior officers and other staff to discuss the ongoing manufacturing activity and manufacturing processes of the locomotives He also assured early approval of ₹7.5 crore proposal for expansion of BLW Central Hospital.”
The official also exuded confidence in the skills of his officers and staff while adding that they are working fast on high-speed rail projects.