Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday (16 August) thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal for the decision to raise train speed on Mumbai-New Delhi railway line to 160 kmph in the next four years.
The Chief Minister said that after the completion of the project, the travel time between Mumbai and Delhi will reduce to less than 10 hours.
Earlier this month, the Union Cabinet led by PM Modi had given approval for the project to raise the train speed to 160 kmph on the existing 1,483 km-long New Delhi to Mumbai railway route.
Upon completion of the project, the travel time of the superfast trains would be reduced by four hours.
The project, which is estimated to cost Rs 6,806.44 crore, entails a modern track structure with advanced signalling system and state-of-art coach maintenance facilities.
The Union Cabinet in its meeting on 5 August also gave its approval to the Rs 6,685 crore project for raising the train speed to 160 kmph on Delhi-Howrah route.
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