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Spanish technology will suit Indian semi high-speed trains: junior rail minister

Madrid-based Talgo keen on supplying train sets, representatives had met Suresh Prabhu two months ago but no decision taken yet

BS Reporter  |  New Delhi 

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Minister of State (MoS) railways Manoj Sinha today said Spanish light-weight and faster train sets that have been proposed for trial runs will suit Indian semi high-speed trains, speaking on the sidelines of an annual rail sector event on Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs).

He said Madrid-based transport giant Talgo had shown interest in supplying train sets for the high speed trains proposed for Indian railways network, adding the representatives of the firm had a meeting with rail minister Suresh Prabhu two months ago but no decision has been taken so far.

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Talgo has plans to provide faster and lighter passenger train sets, that can run between 160 and 220 km per hour, to the rail ministry. India has identified eight high speed corridors including Delhi-Agra for which feasibility studies are on.

In addition, nine corridors have been identified for semi high speed operations.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the two dedicated freight corridors, west and east, completed in time even as the government is planning for more such lines," Sinha said, expressing confidence the project will be completed on time.

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He also said the two corridors would be managed from two centralized locations for which Ahmedabad and Allahabad have been chosen. "The corridors would utilise the latest technology enabling average speed to be raised from 25 kmph to 80 kmph and later 100 kmph. The corridors would also use high horsepower engines for haulage and specially designed wagons," Sinha said.

Hemant Kumar, Member (Mechanical) of the Railway Board, who was also present on the occasion, said these dedicated high speed corridors would help overcome capacity constraints currently experienced on the western and eastern trunk lines and increase delivery time of freight. DFCCIL Managing Director Adesh Sharma said, despite problems of land acquisition, 85 per cent of land requirement had been completed in the eastern DFC project and all the corridors would be completed by 2019.

First Published: Fri, July 24 2015. 17:28 IST