India’s high-speed train in the offing Between Delhi – Chennai

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China is currently conducting a feasibility study for the $36 billion, 1,754-km Delhi-Chennai high-speed corridor.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Xi’an, all eyes are on the major outcomes from this visit. The two countries are expected to sign a major memorandum on expanding cooperation in the building of a high- speed rail corridor between Delhi and Chennai.

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At the time of Independence, India’s rail network was nearly 54,000 km; while China’s rail network was only of 27,000 km. But since then, China has nearly quadrupled its rail network to about 110,000 km; while India has added barely 11,000 km of track in the same period.

When PM Modi announced his wish for a high-speed rail corridor linking India’s biggest cities, questions were asked about whether it’s worth spending so much on the project.

China is currently conducting a feasibility study for the $36 billion, 1,754-km Delhi-Chennai high- speed corridor. China wants to speed up implementation of a shorter high-speed rail corridor from Chennai to Bengaluru and from Delhi to Agra, even while the feasibility study continues.

Key decision A study done by the World Bank says that Chinese projects are one- third cheaper than the high-speed projects by other countries.

But, India needs to decide whether it is prepared to entrust an infrastructure sector with grave national security ramifications to Chinese companies.

Days ahead of Modi’s visit, the Chinese ambassador to India has announced that deals worth US $10 billion are expected to be signed this week.

A major part of this investment is likely to be for upgrading the Indian Railways.

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