Russian and Indian Delegations Meet to Upgrade Secunderabad to Nagpur Rail Line

Russian and Indian Delegations Meet to Upgrade Secunderabad to Nagpur Rail Line :Russian Railways experts met South Central Railway (SCR) officers on 7 and 8 December 2016 to discuss the implementation of a Semi High Speed Rail line between the Indian cities of Secunderabad and Nagpur. A twelve member delegation of Russian Railways experts led by the Head of Russian Railways Office in India Vladimir A. Finov met SCR officers led by Additional General Manager A.K. Gupta. Discussions will be followed up by a two day field study and physical inspection of the Secunderabad – Balarshah section.

SCR Chief Public Relations Officer Umashankar Prasad stated: “Issues concerning various components of Rail Infra such as Civil Engineering involving Bridges, Tracks and Maintenance, Technology, Signaling, Rolling Stock pertaining to Locomotives and Coaches, Power Supply etc. also came up during the extensive dialogue.”

The objective is to significantly improve the railway tracks in order to increase train speeds to 200 km/h; passengers would then be able to travel the 575 km distance between Secunderabad and Nagpur in less than three hours. Currently the Rajdhani Express takes 7 hours and 50 minutes to cover the distance, with other trains requiring over 10 hours.
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The discussions follow a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on technical cooperation in the railway sector signed in 2015. Another MoU was signed in October 2016 at the BRICS summit held in Goa, an international relations conference attended by government officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Sixteen agreements across multiple sectors were signed in Goa following delegation-level talks co-chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The city of Nagpur, located in the Indian state of Maharashtra, is the largest city in central India. Secunderabad, popularly known as the “twin city” of Hyderabad, is located in the Indian state of Telangana. Secunderabad has become part of Hyderabad’s Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) municipality: both cities are collectively known as Hyderabad and together form the sixth largest metropolis in India.

The Secunderabad – Nagpur corridor is currently one of the main ones connecting Southern and Northern India; every day over 130 trains operate on the route.

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