Germany will begin a study of a high-speed southern corridor linking Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai-Vijayawada in January 2017, the Railway ministry said here on Friday.
The calendar was finalised at a meeting between Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and visiting Transport minister of Germany Alexander Dobrindt at Rail Bhavan.
An earlier proposal had limited the corridor to Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai. It is now proposed to extend it to Vijayawada.
The study will be funded by the German government.
The 906-km long proposed corridor will support trains running at speeds of more than 300 km an hour. The extension of the route was made at the request of Prabhu, who also represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. The earlier route was only 475 km.
The two countries had signed an MoU in April last when the Indian Railway Minister visited Germany.
“The German side also expressed willingness to undertake feasibility study on speed upgradation on existing tracks. The two sides decided to discuss further and finalise the railway corridor for this kind of study,” said the ministry.
The meeting was attended by Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal and other senior officials of German and Indian Railways.
The visiting German minister, who is on a two-day visit, also assured cooperation in other fields, including station development and IT solutions for railway operations.
The two countries also decided to form a joint working group on safety as a “Zero Accident Mission” for Indian Railways. The working group would look into training, technology and processes for improving safety. The group would meet for inter-government consultations in Berlin in May 2017, tentatively.