In a development that could be a big boost for the holy city of Ayodhya, the city is set to be one of the stops on the proposed Delhi-Varanasi bullet corridor. The Centre is currently preparing a detailed project report for the same.
The Indian Railways has launched the Delhi-Varanasi bullet train project in a bid to enhance connectivity and fuel infrastructural development.
The proposed service will enhance connectivity to Ayodhya, where the construction of the grand Ram Temple is expected to commence from January 15 next year. With the temple, the city will, in high probability, become a tourist hotspot and the service will help cater to tourist’s demand.
According to the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL), the high speed rail corridor will connect the National Capital Territory of Delhi with major cities such as Agra, Mathura, Lucknow, Etawah, Raebareli, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Bhadohi and Ayodhya.
The tentative length of the Delhi-Varanasi corridor is about 865km and it is among the eight high-speed networks that the railways is planning across the country.
What makes this corridor unique?
Testimony to India’s geographical diversity: The alignment of the proposed Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail corridor covers mixed terrains, including densely populated urban and rural areas, roads, highways, rivers, ghats and green fields.
Religious significance: It will be linked to the city of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram, and the route will also connect the upcoming Jewar International Airport.
The Indian Railways will use the LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technique with laser-enabled equipment mounted on a helicopter to conduct ground survey for the Delhi-Varanasi high speed rail corridor.
It has already been successfully implemented in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor project.
With the help of this technology, high quality data can be procured in digital form, that too in a short span of time. This data can be utilised in various projects related to roads, surface transport, canals, landslides, city planning and irrigation.
It uses a combination of flight parameters, laser data, GPS data and actual photographs.
Ground survey is a crucial activity for any linear infrastructure project as it provides accurate details of areas around the alignment.
The NHSRCL said: “Keeping in mind the magnitude of the project and adhering to the timelines to submit the Detailed Project Report of DVHSR corridor, the ground survey using aerial LiDAR technique has already started. Reference points on the ground have already been marked and data collection through equipment mounted on a Helicopter will commence from 13 December in a phased manner.”
Notably, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor, which will reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to just three hours, will be the first bullet train in the country.