A bullet train is being planned by The Indian Railways that will take you from Delhi to Amritsar via Chandigarh at a blazing speed of 300 km/hour. This new train would complete the 458-km long journey in 2 hours and 3 minutes only!
It will stop at Panipat, Ambala, Chandigarh and Ludhiana. The present favourite of many from Delhi to Amritsar is the Shatabdi Express train which takes around 6 hours but this new bullet train will cut down the travel time to one third!
According to FE, the distance between Delhi to Chandigarh – 258 kms – will be covered in 1 hour and 12 minutes. A base fare of Rs 4.5 per kilometre has been recommended at the 2015 price level. For the Delhi-Chandigarh journey, you will have to spend a minimum of Rs 1161 in contrast to the Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi fare which is Rs 890, while the Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi fare is approximately Rs 650. A random check on online portals shows that a Delhi-Amritsar flight takes over an hour at an average of just over Rs 2,000. The Delhi to Chandigarh flight takes similar time with fares around Rs 2,000.
The total project cost at a 2015 price level has been estimated at Rs 61,412 crore. The project should take anywhere between 6 to 8 years to complete. The study expects the bullet train to start operations by 2025. However, the Ministry of Railways will take a final call on the implementation of the project and its finer aspects once the studies for all other high-speed rail corridors are completed.
The Ministry of Railways has set up High Speed Rail Corporation of India (HSRC) to deal with all the proposed high-speed rail corridors, apart from the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. The project for India’s first bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad comes under the National High-Speed Rail Corporation. The other proposed high-speed rail corridors are; Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Nagpur-Chennai, Mumbai-Nagpur, Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore.