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Flagging Off High-Speed Trains in India: Prerequisites, Feasibility, Benefits and Challenges

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Abstract: The paper is an attempt to answer the convoluted riddle: how can India achieve global standards in high-speed railway infrastructure? The need for overhauling the current railway network is conspicuous. With dull patchy walls of railway stations daubed in paan spits, railway tracks rusting with age and train compartments reeking with stench; a travel in the Indian Railways could be a possible nightmare for many. The rot runs deep in the system: it is running in huge losses. The Indian Railways suffered a loss of nearly Rs. 25,000 crore the previous fiscal year. A comprehensive analysis of the issues riddling the network and suggesting solutions thereto are prerequisites to inducting high speed railways to the network. Introducing high-speed railways in the network without thought to the existing problems is meaningless. The paper shall commence with cataloging the issues plaguing the railway network with relevant suggestions. After addressing the issues, the paper would continue to chart a road-map for successful introduction of high-speed railways in India. The costs involved in the project along with possible routes shall be discussed. The paper would conclude with juxtaposing the benefits of the high-speed system with the challenges arising therefrom.

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