Work Begins On High Speed Rail Projects, Bids Invited For Delhi-Varanasi Corridor Design PhaseRepresentative image of a semi-high speed train.

The National High Speed Rail Corporation has invited bids for data collection, designs and survey work required for drafting the project report for the Delhi-Varanasi high speed rail corridor.

The Delhi - Varanasi corridor would be 865 kilometers long, and the distance is planned to be covered in just four hours. Currently, the recently inaugurated Vande Bharat Express that uses the locally made Train-18 set reaches Varanasi from Delhi in eight hours.

Further, Varanasi is proposed to be linked with Howrah in West Bengal - extending the corridor by another 760 kilometres.

"The collection of relevant data for the preparation of interim detailed project report is under process. The location of stations will be proposed after survey reports and consultation with the government", an NHSRC official is quoted as saying by the Economic Times.

The bids invited include works such as prearing environmental impact assessment, data collection, alignment design using LIDAR survey and other preliminary work.

Other corridors being proposed include Mumbai - Nagpur, Chennai - Mysuru, Delhi - Amritsar, Mumbai - Hyderabad and Delhi Ahmedabad.

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