Bullet Train Project
With the new government taking charge at the Centre, Indian Railways has already started preparing a blueprint to start work on the high-speed corridors, which are said to be the new PM's pet projects as he has repeatedly referred to bullet trains during campaigning and they also found prominent place in BJP's election manifesto, said sources adding that Mumbai-Ahmedabad and New Delhi-Patna (via Varanasi) corridors are on top of the list of the new government.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor, expected to cost Rs 63,000cr, is on track as railways has announced that a feasibility study will be completed at the earliest. Trains on this stretch will run at a maximum speed of 320 kmph and will traverse the 534 km distance between the two cities in two hours. Sources in railway argued that the costs of high speed train travel can be brought down with the use of economy of scale and indigenization.

According to the Chief Managing Director, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) and Chairman of the High Speed Rail Corporation (HSRC), Satish Agnihotri, the bullet train projects are financially viable, despite being capital intensive as costs could be brought down by pursuing an indigenization policy. He said coaches for bullet trains could be manufactured in India by transfer of technology which would cut down the costs. In his scheme of things, Narendra Modi has promised to connect the country with high-speed trains, the national transporter is optimistic that the capital intensive project would be fast-tracked after the new government takes charge at the Centre. Apart from this, the corporation is already working on a project to raise the speed limit on Delhi-Agra section to 160 kmph and bring down total journey time from 130 minutes to less than 100 minutes while ensuring superior riding quality and pleasant experience to the travelling masses.