Known for its expertise in the high-speed rail sector, Germany will conduct a feasibility study for running trains at a speed of about 300 kmph on the 450-km-long Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru route.
Germany has appointed a consortium of consultants comprising DB E&C, Intraplan Consult and Ingenieurbng to carry out the study in the southern region.Germany will bear the cost of the year-long study involving exact location, ridership, opportunities, and challenges among other issues and submit the report.
A pre-feasibility study of this section was completed by the German side in 2016. India had signed a joint declaration of intent in October 2015 on the development of cooperation in rail sector between German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Indian Railways during the visit of the German Chancellor to India.
During the visit of Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu to Germany in April 2016, a protocol was signed with German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to intensify cooperation in rail sector. One of the areas mentioned in the protocol is high-speed rail.
It was decided during the bilateral meeting that Germany will conduct the feasibility study for high-speed rail of Chennai- Bengaluru-Mysuru section with their finances.
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