In a major stride towards putting the holy city of Ayodhya on the world tourist map, a roadmap for running a bullet train between Delhi and the temple town is being fast-tracked, reports Times Now.
As per the report, the groundwork has already been started by the officials. It should be noted that the Central government is planning to connect New Delhi to three major pilgrimage cities in Uttar Pradesh - Varanasi, Prayagraj and Ayodhya, via high-speed Bullet Train.
A 130 km railway track will be laid connecting Ayodhya to Lucknow, which will be part of the 941.5 km high-speed railway corridor linking Delhi to Varanasi via Agra-Lucknow-Allahabad. A portion of high-speed train railway corridor may go underground in Lucknow and Agra, the official said.
The Bullet Train connecting Delhi to Ayodhya will cover a distance of over 670 km with speed ranging between 320 km/hour to 350 km/hour. The superfast train will cut the travel time to just three hours between Delhi and the holy city.
Anoop Kumar Agarwal, executive director of National High Speed Rail Corporation, visited Ayodhya last week to finalise the site for the railway station.
He said that there is a "plan to directly connect the city of Lord Ram with the national capital". An aerial survey has been done and the plan has also been approved by the Centre.
"National High Speed Rail Corporation will begin work as soon as we receive a no-objection certificate from the AAI. It will take seven years for completion of the project," he added.
With IANS Inputs