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Railway Budget 2021: Indian Railways to focus on new bullet train networks in coming years?

Railway Budget 2021 may throw more light on Indian Railways plan to introduce new bullet train networks in the coming years. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget 2021 on February 1. Railway Budget 2021 will be a part of the Union Budget. Recently, Indian Railways released its draft National Rail Plan 2024 which proposed almost 8,000 kilometres of bullet train network across the country by 2051.
At present, India’s maiden high-speed rail network is under construction between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Facing land acquisition hurdles, particularly in Maharashtra, the bullet train network may be made operational only in Gujarat to begin with. Last year, FM Sitharaman had announced in her Budget speech that the high-speed train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad would be “actively pursued” by Indian Railways.
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But even as it looks to complete the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, Indian Railways has already entrusted NHSRCL with the task of preparing detailed project reports for seven high-speed rail corridors. The Detailed Project Report for the Delhi-Varanasi bullet train corridor via Ayodhya has already been submitted to the Ministry of Railways in October 2020. The over 800 km Delhi-Varanasi bullet train corridor will connect major cities like Lucknow, Mathura, Ayodhya, Prayagraj, Agra, Etawah, Raebareli and Bhadohi enroute.
Meanwhile, the National Rail Plan 2024 has also proposed new bullet train corridors; Varanasi-Patna, Amritsar-Jammu, Patna-Guwahati, Hyderabad-Bangalore being some of the prominent ones. Below are the full details of the Indian Railways draft proposal on bullet train corridors in India.


Railway Budget was merged with the Union Budget a few years ago and from 2017 it was presented as a part of the Budget speech. While no new trains are announced in the Budget speech since then, the Finance Minister does emphasise on Indian Railways plans to introduce modern, world-class trains for enhanced passenger comfort. With the National Rail Plan 2024 stressing on the need for high-speed rail corridors, new bullet train corridors may find mention in Sitharaman’s speech this year.

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