Chinese Team in Bengaluru to assess Chennai-Mysuru High-speed Rail Link

ADRM Sunanda Arul, City station Manager Bhaskar and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu interacting with the head of the Chinese delegation, Zheng Jian, deputy administrator of National Railway Administration of China and programme officer Liu Ya, on Platform 7 of the City railway station
ADRM Sunanda Arul, City station Manager Bhaskar and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu interacting with the head of the Chinese delegation, Zheng Jian, deputy administrator of National Railway Administration of China and programme officer Liu Ya, on Platform 7 of the City railway station

Bengaluru (SBC): A 26-member Chinese delegation was in the city on Sunday in connection with a proposed high-speed train between Mysuru and Chennai via Bengaluru.

The delegation from National Railway Administration (NRA) of China reached Chennai from Beijing on Saturday morning and held discussions on a detailed report on the feasibility of a high-speed train between the cities. The team left Chennai by the Shatabdi train and reached Bengaluru City station on Sunday morning.

The NRA team, that included three women, was headed by deputy administrator Zheng Jian.

Elaborating on the purpose behind the team’s visit, a top railway official, said, “The team had submitted an inception report regarding the Mysuru-Chennai high speed corridor to the Railway Board last month. The team was in Chennai in connection with a detailed report on the project.”

An inception report is the initial basic document of a project that provides its workplan, timeframe, techniques and objectives. The group is expected to submit its final report in October this year, he added.

To Touch 160 kmph

The Chinese team was assessing the possibility of a train running at 160 kmph along the Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai stretch. “At present, train speeds touch anywhere between 100 and 110 kmph,” he said.

A grant of Rs 100 crore was made in the 2014-2015 Railway Budget for all high-speed projects to the Railway Vikas Nigam Limited/High Speed Rail Corridor. An MoU and an action plan for the Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore corridor were signed in September 2014 between the Railway Board and NRA in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Delhi.

It may be recalled that a Chinese railway team that visited late last year spoke of challenges posed by the steep curves along the Mysuru-Bengaluru sector for running a high-speed train along this route.

In Bengaluru, the team interacted briefly with additional divisional railway manager, Bengaluru division, Sunanda Arul, city station manager, Bhaskar, and Senior Divisional Commerical Manager, Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu.

The team flew to New Delhi on Sunday night and will meet officials of the Railway Ministry on Monday.

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