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From national capital, New Delhi to cultural capital, Varanasi in just 2 hrs 40 mins: Thanks to proposed bullet train
India's second bullet train will connect country's national capital, New Delhi to its cultural capital Varanasi, which is also Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency. This proposed bullet train will be the second one after the first one, which is likely to be operational in 2013 between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The bullet train between Delhi and Varanasi is expected to cover a distance of 782 km, in just two hours and 40 minutes.

The route of the project connecting the two cities will be via Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow and Sultanpur. It seems this ambitious project to run the bullet train from New Delhi to Varanasi has also been fast-tracked by the central government in the wake of 2017 UP assembly polls.

According to media reports a Spanish firm has already been roped in by the Indian Railways to study the feasibility of the project. The firm is expected to submit its final report in November 2016. Once operational the new bullet train is expected to cover a distance of 506 km from Delhi to Lucknow in just 1 hour 45 minutes minutes, a distance of 782 km ( Delhi-Varanasi) in just two hours and 40 minutes and a distance of 1,513 km from the national capital to Kolkata in 4 hours 56 minutes.

Natives of Varanasi who live in Delhi are very happy with the reports about the proposed bullet train. One such person described his happiness in a Facebook post in these words, "Soothing news for ears: New Delhi to Varanasi in 2 hrs 40 minutes...Courtesy- Indian Railways via NDA Govt. I m soooo excited for this train. Wish the train starts from tomorrow."

The initial cost of the project is estimated to be about Rs 43,000 crore for the Delhi-Varanasi stretch and around Rs 84,000 crore for the entire Delhi-Kolkata corridor. However, according to the sources the final cost will be worked out only after detailed field study of the finally chosen alignment.

The possibility of operating double-decker high speed trains on the same stretch is also being explored by the consultant.

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