Over three years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone, the ticket price for the high-speed bullet train between Delhi and Varanasi has been capped at Rs 3,400.
The detailed project report (DPR) prepared by National High-Speed Rail Corporation has suggested that while one-way fare from Delhi to Lucknow by the proposed high-speed corridor would cost around Rs 2,900, about Rs 1,200 for Agra and Rs 3,400 for Varanasi.
Currently, passengers boarding the executive class of the Vande Bharat Express are paying around Rs 2,900.
The 808-km Delhi-Varanasi high speed corridor is slated to run between Ayodhya, Agra, Lucknow and Prayagraj on a priority. The study is under way for DPR.
A statement issued read: “The exact details of the halts will be finalised after getting the detailed project report, which is being prepared by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. We expect passengers won’t mind paying the expected fare considering that they can take the train from the heart of the city to another. People would also save time.”
At the cost of around Rs 268 crore per kilometre, the proposed project will cover the national capital and major cities in Uttar Pradesh. This will also include the international airport at Jewar in Gautam Buddha Nagar, the preliminary report suggests.
As the work on second such corridor in the country gained momentum, an aerial LiDAR survey was conducted by the Railways as part of the project to connect Modi’s parliamentary constituency with the national capital through the bullet train.
PM Modi had on February 15, 2019 flagged off the indigenous ‘Train 18’, rechristened ‘Vande Bharat Express’ between Delhi and Varanasi, capable of running at 180 kmph.