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By 2022, metro cities to be interconnected by high speed trains

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high speed trainsBy 2022, all the major four metro cities of India-Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata- will be interconnected through a high-speed network of trains running at 160 kmph. The Railways plan to achieve this target in next five years by 2022.

The project has been termed as Golden Quadrilateral, and will involve the creation of  10,000 km network of semi-high speed routes.

The project is aiming at August 15, 2022 launch which happens to be the 75 years of India’s Independence.

The railway board has started the process of drawing up a blueprint to interconnect the four metros – Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Chennai, Chennai- Howrah, Chennai-Mumbai and Howrah -Mumbai.

The Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes will cost Rs 11,189 crore and Rs 6,975 crore respectively.

The board is likely to finalise a detailed cost estimate for the remaining routes by December 31 this year, officials said.

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