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Semi-high speed rail-corridor to reduce Nagpur-Hyderabad travel-time to 3 hours

10 Sep 2017 | By Ramya Patelkhana
Proposed Nagpur-Hyderabad semi-high speed rail corridor

Indian Railways is planning to bring down the rail journey time between Maharashtra's Nagpur and Hyderabad to three hours from the current nine hours.

Railways prepared a semi-high speed corridor blueprint to connect the two commercial hubs.

Railways Ministry and Russian Railways jointly initiated a feasibility and implementation study to outline a plan that would be sent for Railway Board's approval.

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10 Sep 2017Semi-high speed rail-corridor to reduce Nagpur-Hyderabad travel-time to 3 hours

DetailsRailways to strengthen existing tracks and fence off Nagpur-Hyderabad route

Indian Railways wants to cash in on the lack of direct flights between Nagpur and Hyderabad.

At present, flights with a stopover between the two commercial hubs take four hours or more.

Railways currently covers the Nagpur-Hyderabad 584-km stretch at a 60kmph average speed in nine hours.

It now plans to run trains at 160-200kmph speed to complete the travel in three hours.

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