NHSRCL Invites Survey Bids for Delhi – Amritsar High Speed Rail

India’s National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) on Monday invited tenders (bids) for the first ever preparatory survey work to develop the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the upcoming 465 km Delhi – Chandigarh – Amritsar High Speed Rail (DCAHSR bullet train) project in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

This is the fourth of six new high speed rail corridors, planned by the Government of India in 2019, for which basic preliminary work has commenced to start construction on the project. Others already in the preparatory stage include the 865 km Delhi – Varanasi line, 886 km Delhi – Ahmedabad line, and 741 km Mumbai – Nagpur line.

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Scope: Survey, Identification of Overhead, Over Ground, Underground Utilities And Identification Of Power Sourcing Options for substations along the proposed Delhi – Chandigarh – Amritsar High Speed Rail Corridor.

  • Period of Work: 98 days
  • Bid Submission End Date: 09-Nov-2020 03:00 PM
  • Bid Opening Date: 10-Nov-2020 03:30 PM

The bidding documents will be available to download later this morning, so it’ll be interesting to see if NHSRCL reveals any of the planned station names or their numbers within it. If they do, I’ll add an update here.

I expect stations on this line to come up at New Delhi Railway Station in Delhi, Sonipat, Panipat, Ambala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar.

Indicative alignment of Delhi – Chandigarh – Amritsar High Speed Rail line

Bidding is currently underway for a new Delhi – Amritsar – Katra Expressway with 4 lanes (expandable to 6 lanes), but that will take a more direct greenfield route, while this high speed rail line will run parallel to NH-44, NH-5 and NH-3 through the densely populated and urbanized areas of Haryana and Punjab.

If the other three new lines’ development is anything to go by, then in the coming days NHSRCL will invite bids for the following tenders:

  • Carrying out Ridership Study (Traffic Study)
  • Data Collection and Associated Survey Work
  • Preparation of Detailed Social Impact (SIA), Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)
  • Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Preparation of Final Alignment Design including LiDAR survey
  • Preparation of GADs of Crossing Bridges over Rivers Canals Railways and Roads Expressway NH SH and Major District Roads and GADs of proposed Stations and Maintenance Depots

For more updates, check out the High Speed Rail section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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Global traveler who prefers mass rapid transit

18 Responses to "NHSRCL Invites Survey Bids for Delhi – Amritsar High Speed Rail"

  1. Rak Nanjunda says:

    Personally I’m waiting for Chennai – Bengaluru – Mysuru 🙂

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  2. fragment_and_activites says:

    A train from Bengaluru to Mumbai takes 24+ hours, I am just wishing that someday I can sleep at 8pm in a train in Bengaluru and reach Mumbai by 8am.

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    • Chetan Tiwari says:

      If there is a Mumbai-Pune-Bangaluru HSR, the time taken will not be 12 hours as you expect, but 4 hours. So sit in the train at 8PM, take a fast train, arrive at 11PM same day! Hope this becomes a reality, I work in Blr and am from Maharashtra..

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  3. Chetan says:

    How they’ll accommodate the spaces parallel with NH-44 as many as three different HSR has been proposed along the highway…

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  4. Co der says:

    I think NHSRCH has also invited another tender NHSRCL/BRC/2020/38 for the redesign of RUB at Vadodara station.

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  5. Rupraj Sengupta says:

    My only wish is hopefully it reduces road traffic.

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  6. Kanishka says:

    Has NCRTC invited bids for Delhi-Panipat RRTS-line yet? I can sense the possibilities to develop/utilize common infra for RRTS & HSR lines (double-decker viaduct on common pile foundation/pillar; on the GT-road median from Delhi to Panipat)…what’s your say?

    …another point: Karnal and Kurukshetra will definitely have HSR stations; between Panipat and Ambala. HSR line would be a waste if these two cities are not on the map..

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    • TMRG says:

      Panipat RRTS line first needs to be approved by the HR & Delhi govts. Common alignment will be nice and something I’d support as land acquisition will be very tricky. I’d hate if either has to take a circuitous route.

      Looking at this line again, a station at either both or between Karnal & Kurukshetra will likely happen. I’m thinking it’ll be part of the ‘slow’ service and not the express service.

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      • Kanishka says:

        Disappointed to hear that Panipat RRTS is awaiting approval from HR/DL govts. I was assuming that it’s already approved (as construction/tendering is going on the other two corridors). There were some media wherein Haryana politicians claimed to have approved the RRTS upto Karnal..

        Up north from Mukarba chowk should find straight alignment along the median / side of GT road; likewise IR track..

        Whilst RRTS station is confirmed at Sarai Kale Khan…Where will the HRS station in Delhi gonna be? IGI-Airport? got to wait until the DPR / FEED is done.

        both Karnal and Kurukshetra are big/important settlements/cities…i don’t wanna buy the idea of a common station for both. The concept of ‘slow’ and ‘express’ service is justified. But both cities should get their own HRS-station.

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  7. Kanishka says:

    An important decision to be taken is – whether to align the HSR line:

    Along the IR-track
    OR
    Along the GT-road (NH44)
    OR
    A mix of the two – certain length along IR-track, remaining along GT-road with green-field diversions.

    Thereby, minimizing the land acquisition.

    I don’t think anyone would want to venture into a completely (or mostly) green-field alignment.

    Let’s see what this survey study reveal..

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  8. Sanket says:

    Any chance this can be extended to Jammu/Katra?

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    • Clevin Gomes says:

      Maybe, but currently they will construct 5his HSR till Amritsar. Well, there are some possibilities that Govt. May plan to provide International High Speed Rail service, just like Europe’s Int’l HSR services. For Eg:- Howrah-Dhaka Route will be more feasible for the Int’l HSR service as this route is one of the most popular Int’l rail route of India. Only, they have to improve their immigration system such as to provide immigration system at origination Station like Howrah and Dhaka.So the High Speed Trains can run nonstop service between Howrah to Dhaka as they didn’t require to stop at border Station for immigration and the travel time from Howrah to Dhaka will reduce dramatically from 12 hrs to just 2hrs (including immigration process)

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  9. Vishal Chaurasia says:

    stations will come up at
    New Delhi•sonipat• panipat •karnal •kurukshetra •ambala •chandigarh •ludhiana• phagwara •jalandhar• beas• amritsar

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    • TMRG says:

      Interesting list of stations. Is this from an official doc? The tender notice for the above survey work doesn’t list it.

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    • K says:

      As one travels up north from Delhi (to visit Amritsar / Vaisho Devi-Katra), these are the all the important settlements one comes across…

      Patiala/Rajpura is a loser in this alignment; as the HSR would detour towards Chandigarh and joins back (before Ludhiana) to be along the GT-road/IR-track alignment . But unlike Delhi-Varanasi HSR (via. Lucknow? or via. Kanpur?), there is no dilemma here, coz Chandigarh will be the obvious choice (over Patiala)..

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  10. chandra shekhar says:

    It will be good it it starts from Bijwasan redeveloped station. Even Delhi Ahemdabad HSR is expected to have station at Bijwasan. Bijwasan redeveloped station is going to modern station with airport like facilities.

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