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Cabinet approves Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project from Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna-Manesar- Kharkhauda

Total length of the project is ~ 121.7 km

The project will be implemented by Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HRIDC), a Joint Venture company set up by Ministry of Railways with Government of Haryana

This will facilitate diversion of traffic not meant for Delhi and will help in developing multimodal logistics hubs in Haryana State sub-region of NCR

Estimated completion cost of the project is ~ Rs. 5,617 crore and it is proposed to be completed in 5 years

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project from Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna-Manesar-Kharkhauda.

This Rail Line will start from Palwal and end at existing Harsana Kalan station (On Delhi-Ambala section). This will also give connectivity enroute to existing Patli Station (On Delhi-Rewari line), Sultanpur station (On Garhi Harsaru-Farukhnagar Line) and Asaudha Station (On Delhi Rohtak Line).

Implementation
The project will be implemented by Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HRIDC), a Joint Venture company set up by Ministry of Railways with Government of Haryana. The project will have joint participation of Ministry of Railways, Government of Haryana and private stakeholders.

Estimated completion cost of the project is Rs. 5,617 crore. The project is likely to be completed in 5 years.

Benefits
The districts of Palwal, Nuh, Gurugram, Jhajjar and Sonipat districts of Haryana will be benefitted through this rail line.

This will facilitate diversion of traffic not meant for Delhi thus decongesting NCR and will help in developing multimodal logistics hubs in Haryana State sub-region of NCR. It will provide high-speed seamless connectivity of this region to Dedicated Freight Corridor network resulting in reduction of cost and time of transportation for EXIM traffic from NCR to ports of India, making exports of goods more competitive. This efficient transport corridor along with other initiatives will provide enabling infrastructure to attract multinational industries to set up manufacturing units to fulfil the 'Make in India' mission. The project will connect unserved areas of the state of Haryana, thereby boosting economic and social activities in Haryana State. This multipurpose transport project will also facilitate affordable and faster commuter travel, long distance travel in different directions from Gurugram and the industrial regions of Manesar, Sohna, Farukhnagar, Kharkhauda and Sonipat.

Approximately 20,000 passengers each day will be travelling through this line and 50 Million Tonnes goods traffic would also be carried out every year.

Background
The Orbital Rail Corridor from Palwal to Sonipat by passing Delhi is a crucial infrastructure project for sustainable development of the National Capital Region and to decongest existing Indian Railway network in Delhi area. The alignment of this project is adjacent to the western peripheral (Kundli-Manesar-Palwal) Expressway and has been under consideration for some time. The project will have connectivity with all the existing Railway routes originating from Delhi and passing through Haryana State as well as with the Dedicated Freight Corridor network.
 

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Everybody's bringing everything into the country, bullet trains, maglevs, hyperloops et al, but none of them are going on paper.

And with the economy tanking, these projects are definitely going to be pushed aside for now.
 
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@Ankit Kumar @_Anonymous_ @randomradio et al.........



Japanese Bullet trains for now. Next FY expect signature of a High Speed Line with Japanese loan again from New Delhi.

Land acquisition in Gujarat is almost done. Tenders for civil works will happen within months. In Maharashtra the situation is not so good.

French consortium with TVG is actually a close possibility either on Chennai-Bangalore route or again from New Delhi. Things will depend on financing they can offer.

As for maglev and hyperloop, they ain't gonna happen any time soon.
 
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Japanese Bullet trains for now. Next FY expect signature of a High Speed Line with Japanese loan again from New Delhi.

Land acquisition in Gujarat is almost done. Tenders for civil works will happen within months. In Maharashtra the situation is not so good.

French consortium with TVG is actually a close possibility either on Chennai-Bangalore route or again from New Delhi. Things will depend on financing they can offer.

As for maglev and hyperloop, they ain't gonna happen any time soon.
If no MAGLEV's happening what's the ToT & production geared up towards? Exports? BTW - there's a hyperloop planned between Mumbai & Pune which was actively promoted by the previous Phadnavis state government. Guess with the coming of the new government like the Bullet train project it's gone in cold storage.
 

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If no MAGLEV's happening what's the ToT & production geared up towards? Exports? BTW - there's a hyperloop planned between Mumbai & Pune which was actively promoted by the previous Phadnavis state government. Guess with the coming of the new government like the Bullet train project it's gone in cold storage.
I am not really into the finances or the returns made in high speed rail projects but I have on my own observed this phenomenon on Chinese and Spanish HSR projects. They both have 2 kinds of HSR projects, one running at 200-250kmph and other at 320-350kmph.

It's actually the 320-350kmph lines which are generating enough to atleast keep them running. The 200-250kmph lines are not that succesful.

What I am trying to say is that the HSR in distances where there are 10+ daily flights of upto 1 hour 30 minutes , are the potential where we can be realistic and say that yes we can bring proven hsr here and that people will actually travel here. There are multiple options of foreign vendors and foreign government backed financing options possible.

The problem with maglev and others like hyperloop is the cost of r&d and much higher acquisition costs. That makes them impossible financially to be utilised in a country like India.

Despite the previous government in MH, I was pretty sure that hyperloop won't happen. But pretty sure that Ahmedabad-Mumbai line will surely get extended to Pune in future. You can bank on it.

Talking on Mumbai, it seems the metro progress has slowed down too. Anyone from Mumbai who can tell something on it ?
 

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Talking on Mumbai, it seems the metro progress has slowed down too. Anyone from Mumbai who can tell something on it ?
Not much keyed into the progress of the various metro projects across the city but by & large if it's behind schedule you can put it down to the Chinese virus as all political parties are United on the necessity of the metro unlike the hyperloop or the bullet train project.
 
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I am not really into the finances or the returns made in high speed rail projects but I have on my own observed this phenomenon on Chinese and Spanish HSR projects. They both have 2 kinds of HSR projects, one running at 200-250kmph and other at 320-350kmph.

It's actually the 320-350kmph lines which are generating enough to atleast keep them running. The 200-250kmph lines are not that succesful.
The distinction you seem to be drawing seems of a different order altogether. Out here by HSR we mean bullet trains with corresponding speeds. It's neither the Spanish version of it nor the MAGLEV version & the road map seems pretty clear as well in case you've noticed or are following developments in this matter.

If you've noticed there's a pattern in the way they're going about it. Consider the first bullet train line from Mum - Ahm. There's a proposal for a Del - Jaipur bullet train line as well. In due course you're bound to see a Jai - Ahm line as well. The same process would be extended to Del Kol, Mum - Chn & Kol - Chen. That's the golden quadrilateral for you.

What I am trying to say is that the HSR in distances where there are 10+ daily flights of upto 1 hour 30 minutes , are the potential where we can be realistic and say that yes we can bring proven hsr here and that people will actually travel here. There are multiple options of foreign vendors and foreign government backed financing options possible.

Perhaps, the North South, East West line will follow the same trajectory or could be a show case project for MAGLEV ( I'm speculating here)

The problem with maglev and others like hyperloop is the cost of r&d and much higher acquisition costs. That makes them impossible financially to be utilised in a country like India.
Hyperloop seems to be in experimental mode. MAGLEV is already a developed & functional technology. It's the former which will be prohibitively expensive with no precedent to study it's RoI unlike MAGLEV where such precedents exists, costs being so different matter altogether.

Moreover, I don't think MAGLEV is on the horizon today. At the must we may see feasibility studies. If at all a cost effective need is established, you can bet it'd be undertaken only in the 2030's with commissioning of the system in the 2040's.


Despite the previous government in MH, I was pretty sure that hyperloop won't happen. But pretty sure that Ahmedabad-Mumbai line will surely get extended to Pune in future. You can bank on it.
The traffic between Mum - Ahm is of a different magnitude altogether. Pune won't figure in such plans. You may see inclusion of Pune in the Mum - Chn route along with Bangalore. But that's some time ahead in the future.
 
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Pretty much all the Maharashtra projects including metro, new airport and bullet train were stopped or hurdles were created after Sonia Sena got in power and large bribes were demanded, so many projects are stuck for now. In fact Thackeray has clearly said in public that he will make life difficult for the bullet train project:

 

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Pretty much all the Maharashtra projects including metro, new airport and bullet train were stopped or hurdles were created after Sonia Sena got in power and large bribes were demanded, so many projects are stuck for now. In fact Thackeray has clearly said in public that he will make life difficult for the bullet train project:

PMO is directly overlooking 3 projects of Railways. Electrification (PMO wants 80%+ works completed by 2023 December, has intervened in states with opposition rules on behalf of Railways already to ensure things are getting done) , DFC completion (weekly updates, direct oversight, recently ordered strict action against contractors who are not getting things done on time) and Mumbai- Ahmedabad HSR.

Funding has been cut for all other projects of Railways except these 3 in past 6 months. If need arises PM will himself talk to Maha CM on this matter.
 

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PMO is directly overlooking 3 projects of Railways. Electrification (PMO wants 80%+ works completed by 2023 December, has intervened in states with opposition rules on behalf of Railways already to ensure things are getting done) , DFC completion (weekly updates, direct oversight, recently ordered strict action against contractors who are not getting things done on time) and Mumbai- Ahmedabad HSR.

Funding has been cut for all other projects of Railways except these 3 in past 6 months. If need arises PM will himself talk to Maha CM on this matter.

PM cannot do anything about it, when congress was in power they delayed new Mumbai airport project for 10 yrs, so it is no big deal for them to mess with Modi's signature project.

In fact there is a good chance Uddhav will just say NO to Modi over phone and that will be it But i don't think Modi is a foolish man who will get himself insulted by talking to Uddhav who thinks of himself as an Maratha emperor now rather than CM. BJP has written off Maharashtra for 5 yrs, only after Phadnavis get back his CM seat will we see these projects gaining speed again.

Bullet Project will be the most mired mess for many yrs now, Congress+ Sena+NCP have lined up land issues by joining up words like adivasi land, dalit land etc. Just check the progress on Maharashtra side, land acquisition is at a standstill and stuck at around 25%, no use of getting 80% land in Gujarat when Maharashtra part will be obstructed. Protests and court cases will easily drag it for another 5 years.
 

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PM cannot do anything about it, when congress was in power they delayed new Mumbai airport project for 10 yrs, so it is no big deal for them to mess with Modi's signature project.

In fact there is a good chance Uddhav will just say NO to Modi over phone and that will be it But i don't think Modi is a foolish man who will get himself insulted by talking to Uddhav who thinks of himself as an Maratha emperor now rather than CM. BJP has written off Maharashtra for 5 yrs, only after Phadnavis get back his CM seat will we see these projects gaining speed again.

Bullet Project will be the most mired mess for many yrs now, Congress+ Sena+NCP have lined up land issues by joining up words like adivasi land, dalit land etc. Just check the progress on Maharashtra side, land acquisition is at a standstill and stuck at around 25%, no use of getting 80% land in Gujarat when Maharashtra part will be obstructed. Protests and court cases will easily drag it for another 5 years.
Central government provides huge amount funding to state governments. That alone will make any CMO heed to a direct intervention by PMO.