High Speed Rail Projects in India – Quick Snapshot

High-speed rail corridors with train speeds exceeding 250 km/hour have been proposed in India since the 1980s. Since then various pre-feasibility studies, project reports and pre-design documents have been prepared by multi-national engineering companies and countries (eg. Japan, Spain, France etc.) towards finalizing cost, selecting the right technology, and starting construction work.

In February 2016, the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) was incorporated with an object to finance, construct, maintain and manage all high speed rail corridors in India.

The first route selected for implementing was the Mumbai – Ahmedabad route (with Japanese assistance through its Shinkansen (bullet train) technology), so NHSRCL was was formed with equity participation by the Central Government through Ministry of Railways and the state governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

This page provides a quick snapshot with a list of all Indian high speed rail systems – under construction (ongoing), approved (upcoming) and proposed (planned) projects.

Key Figures

  • Operational Routes: 0 km
  • Under Construction Routes: 324.67 km
  • Approved Routes: 183.50 km
  • Proposed Routes: 6668 km

The following table is best viewed on a Desktop device. Route length for all projects, except Mumbai – Ahmedabad Bullet Train where Larsen & Toubro (L&T) will construct a majority of the line, are an approximation as detailed design work and land acquisition has not started.

Visit each system’s project page, linked below, for more in-depth information on their progress, current project status & news, cost, funding, history, deadlines, tenders, contracts, corridors, lines, station numbers, station names, PDF official route maps, ridership figures, timings and fares.

List of High Speed Rail Projects in India

Route (City & State)Route LengthUnder ConstructionStations PlannedStatusDeadline
Mumbai – Ahmedabad (Maharashtra & Gujarat)508.17 km324.67 km12Under ConstructionDecember 2023
Delhi – Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)865 km0 km12DPR PreparationTBD
Delhi – Ahmedabad (Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat)886 km0 km12DPR PreparationTBD
Mumbai – Nagpur (Maharashtra)741 km0 km12DPR PreparationTBD
Delhi – Amritsar (Haryana, Punjab)465 km0 km13DPR PreparationTBD
Mumbai – Hyderabad (Maharashtra, Telangana)711 km0 km11DPR PreparationTBD
Chennai – Mysore (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka)435 km0 km9DPR PreparationTBD
Varanasi – Howrah (Kolkata) (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal)760 km0 km10DPR PreparationTBD
Hyderabad – Bangalore (Telangana, Karnataka)618 km0 kmTBDProposed under National Rail PlanTBD
Nagpur – Varanasi (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh)855 km0 kmTBDProposed under National Rail PlanTBD
Patna – Guwahati (Bihar, West Bengal, Assam)850 km0 kmTBDProposed under National Rail PlanTBD
Amritsar – Pathankot – Jammu (Punjab, Jammu UT)190 km0 kmTBDProposed under National Rail PlanTBD

Future High Speed Rail Route Map (2040)

India’s high speed rail corridors are planned to run along major expressways, national highways, greenfield areas, and may pass through arterial roads of the intermediate city road network for high speed rail connectivity between different cities along the corridor.

Alignments displayed below are purely indicative just to give an idea of how the lines might look like.

Page last updated: October 16, 2021. Have a question or spot an error? Let me know here.