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.
- Operational Routes: 0 km
- Under Construction Routes: 0 km
- Approved Routes: 508.17 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 Length||Under Construction||Stations Planned||Status||Deadline|
|Mumbai – Ahmedabad (Maharashtra & Gujarat)||508.17 km||0 km||12||Pre-Construction||December 2023|
|Delhi – Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)||865 km||0 km||12||DPR Preparation||TBD|
|Delhi – Ahmedabad (Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat)||886 km||0 km||12||DPR Preparation||TBD|
|Mumbai – Nagpur (Maharashtra)||741 km||0 km||12||DPR Preparation||TBD|
|Delhi – Amritsar (Haryana, Punjab)||465 km||0 km||13||DPR Preparation||TBD|
|Mumbai – Hyderabad (Maharashtra, Telangana)||711 km||0 km||11||DPR Preparation||TBD|
|Chennai – Mysore (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka)||435 km||0 km||9||DPR Preparation||TBD|
|Varanasi – Howrah (Kolkata) (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal)||760 km||0 km||10||DPR Preparation||TBD|
|Hyderabad – Bangalore (Telangana, Karnataka)||618 km||0 km||TBD||Proposed under National Rail Plan||TBD|
|Nagpur – Varanasi (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh)||855 km||0 km||TBD||Proposed under National Rail Plan||TBD|
|Patna – Guwahati (Bihar, West Bengal, Assam)||850 km||0 km||TBD||Proposed under National Rail Plan||TBD|
|Amritsar – Pathankot – Jammu (Punjab, Jammu UT)||190 km||0 km||TBD||Proposed under National Rail Plan||TBD|
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: January 9, 2021. Have a question or spot an issue? Let me know here.