For raising the speed to 200 km per hour on the existing
Delhi-Chandigarh route,Indian Railways in cooperation with France,
reviewed the progress of the surveys, field visits and technical
A review of possible technical solutions were explored in a
meeting between French National Railways (SNF) and Indian Railways
here, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
To upgraded the new delhi-Chandigarh corridor for increasing the
speed of passenger trains to 160/200kmph , railway minister Suresh
Prabhu announced in his rail budget speech of 2014-2015. Railway
Ministry had already signed an MoU with the French National
Railways (SNCF) on February 14, 2013 on technical co-operation in
One of the areas of co-operation mentioned in the MoU is regarding
exchange of experience,technologies & know-how for upgrading speed
on existing infrastructure of Indian Railways.
During the PM’s visit to France in April last year, a protocol
with SNCF on co-operation in Semi-High Speed rail on
Delhi-Chandigarh Section was signed.
In December, 2015, an agreement was signed between Ministry of
Railways and SNCF vide which the feasibility / implementation
study of the Corridor for raising the speed of passenger trains to
200 kmph was awarded to SNCF on 50:50 per cent cost sharing basis.
The total cost of the study is Rs 19,69,02,721 and the total time
duration for its completion is one year. The study commenced on
January 19 this year.