Indian Railway to build new standard gauge railway line to improve freight link


New Standard Gauge Railway (SGF) to run between Delhi and Indore in UP, Delhi and Jaipur in Rajasthan, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra and Mumbai and Bengaluru in Andhra Pradesh will be built, the Indian Railway Board (IRB) said. 

The SGF will connect the major hubs of Delhi and Delhi-Mumbai and Jaisalmer in Rajawalpur and the new railway line will be named after the late Rajendra Kalyan, chairman of the SGF, according to the IRB. 

 “The railway line is to be named and it is going to be a standard gauge rail line.

It is going be built with a maximum speed of 200 km per hour and is going into the construction phase soon,” said Rajendra Yadav, chairman, Railway Board. 

“In a day or two, it will be operational.

I can’t say when. 

According to the railway plan, it is expected to be operational in 2020,” he added. 

In January, India signed an agreement to construct an 80-km high-speed railway line linking Delhi to Jaisalmyr, Jaipoor and Kanpur. 

This would be the fourth high-frequency line in India to be built by a private consortium.

The other two were the High Speed Railway (HSR) between Delhi-Jaipur and Jareshwarpur-Srinagar from 2012 and the Delhi-Rajasthan high-freight route between 2014 and 2019. 

Last month, the SGT-II project was approved by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and will be completed in 2019, with the SGG-II planned to be completed by 2020.

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