₹16,039-crore Pune-Nashik semi-high speed rail line project gets nod

The Pune-Nashik rail line project is going to be the world’s first semi high-speed corridor over broad gauge, MRIDC claimed.

MUMBAI: The railway ministry has approved the semi-high-speed railway corridor between Pune and Nashik, the authorities of the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited said on Thursday. “The semi-high-speed double line will provide direct connectivity between Pune and Nashik. The journey between the two cities will be completed in an hour and 45 minutes,” Kumar Jaiswal, MahaRail MD, said.

The detailed project report (DPR) for the high-speed rail corridor was completed by the state-run Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (MRIDC) in February and sent for approval by the Railway Board and Maharashtra government.

The entire cost of the project has been pegged at Rs16,039 crore. The total length of the corridor will be around 235.15km.

The project will not only attract goods trains but also high-speed trains. It would be the first semi-high-speed railway corridor on a broad-gauge line, the official said.

“The MRIDC will buy some high-speed trains for plying them on the corridor, along with regular mail/express and passenger trains. A new station in Pune will be developed and trains will be going to Hadapsar on an elevated deck. From Hadapsar to Nashik, the train will run on the ground and will go up to Nashik Road station.,” the official said.

The project will open new revenue streams for industries by fast-tracking movement. Important MIDC areas such as Chakan, Sinnar and Satpur will be directly connected by this line. There will be a provision for EMU shuttle also to run on this corridor.

The corridor will pass through Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik, providing seamless connectivity to industrial zones of Pune and Nashik.

All you need to know about Pune-Nashik rail line project:

  1. MRIDC or MahaRail will be implementing the ‘semi-high-speed double line’ project which aims to bring the travel time between Pune and Nashik down to two hours. The upcoming semi-high speed corridor comprising double railway broad gauge lines between Pune to Nasik will enable the trains to run at a speed of upto 250 kmph in the future. This project is going to be the world’s first semi high speed corridor over broad gauge, Maharail claimed.
  2. “MRIDC has planned and designed to run the Pune-Nashik broad gauge rail line with the commercial speed of 200km/hr with future increment up to 250 km/hr,” the corporation said in a release. Currently, there is not direct rail link between the two cities
  3. Pune and Nasik both are fastest growing cities of Maharashtra and collectively constituting 18% of the population of the state and contributing 19% Gross Value Added to the state. A sharp rise in the volume of movement of goods between Pune to Nashik route has occurred over the past few years.
  4. The Pune to Nasik region has also the important tourism locations like Shirdi Sai temple, Trimbakeshwar temple, Bhimashankar Temple, Alandi etc. which reconcile a potential amount of tourist movements throughout the year.
  5. The Railway line will pass through three districts of Maharashtra – Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik – providing seamless connectivity to industrial zones of Pune and Nashik such as Alandi, Chakan, Khed, Manchar, Narayangaon, Sinnar and Satpur, said the release.
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