India Investing $1.4 Trillion on Rail Infrastructure in the 2020-25 Period

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jis

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India is planning to invest $1.4 Trillion on rail infrastructure over the next 5 years. The goals are lofty, including fully electrified railway by 2025, 160kph (100mph) on the golden quadrilateral routes connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai and a few other routes. There are several other items regarding station upgrades, use of renewable energy sources and reducing diesel use to close to zero etc. etc.

https://www.railpost.in/indian-railways-will-receive-investment-worth-over-rs-13-68-lakh-crore-in-the-next-five-years/?fbclid=IwAR319ho7jFudqDXviqqUKU-l2mdWU1f3MxN_jZGhBno2ShGehmh0zfs9xU8

This is just the investment in infrastructure. The investment in rolling stock and such comes from a different account apparently.
 

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See - if we could just move call centers back stateside, we could do this as well.

(my attempt at humor, btw!)

I'd love to see us come together on infrastructure (or ANYTHING for that matter)...
 

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Some details on North Central Railway's plans for the early '20s.

https://www.railpost.in/ncr-to-upgrade-mumbai-and-howrah-rajdhani-routes-to-160-kmph-this-year/?fbclid=IwAR0vsCwZO552JDX-hHFzMh7Y5RCgPH20xw19Tkc_qgARpg4dZkLAbaHlRPA

Become a totally electric railroad by 2021.

ETCS 2 on the Delhi - Kolkata trunk route as part of upgrade to 160kph (100mph).

This will lead to a more or less 12 hour running time for Rajdhani Express between Delhi and Kolkata inclusive of its 9 or so stops en route, something like 7pm departure - 7 am arrival. Distance between Delhi and Kolkata is about the same as the distance between New York and Chicago. This will be almost a game changer. The second tier trains will eventually get sped up by several hours too since the LHB rolling stock that is used now is cleared for 160kph and with upgraded maintenance, is capable of doing 200kph commercial operation.

Similar changes will take place on the Delhi - Mumbai route too.
 
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