IR to join hands with MoRTH for Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway
Indian Railways has joined hands with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to lay a rail line along the proposed expressway between Mumbai and Nagpur — a first such coordinated move.
According to a study by the Spanish consultant Ineco, the travel time will be drastically reduced for both road and train travellers if the two projects are integrated. The expressway will be fully access-controlled while the elevated rail track will ensure an uninterrupted high-speed train journey. The elevated rail line could be built in the middle or along the proposed 800km expressway depending on the ground situation, according to a feasibility report.
The twin tunnels and bridges can also be constructed for navigating rivers and hilly areas in a coordinated manner. Both arms of the government will work together to put the project on the fast track.
The Mumbai-Nagpur section is part of the proposed high-speed rail corridor between Howrah and Mumbai, the diamond quadrilateral rail project