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Chennai to Kazipet in 3 hrs by train? Feasibility study soon

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Indian signed a declaration of intent with today to carry out a feasibility study on the Chennai-Kazipet corridor to increase the speed of passenger trains to 200 kmph, officials said.

At present, the travel time between and Kazipet in Telengana, a distance of around 643 kms, is around 11 hours. If the semi-high speed corridor is developed, then it will take about 3 hours 15 minutes.

The project will be carried out in three phases over a 22-month period.

The cost of the feasibility study will be equally shared by the Ministry of and

Once the feasibility study is done, the Railway Board will decide if a semi-high speed train can be run on this corridor, the officials said.

The increase in speed of the corridor will significantly help commuters as there is only one direct train from Kazipet to -- the SF Express -- which takes 11 hours 20 minutes with 13 stoppages at an average speed of 57 kmph.

The maximum sectional speed on the corridor is 110 kmph in Southern Railway and 120 kmph for South

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First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 19:48 IST