Source: The Economic Times, Dec 12, 2016
NEW DELHI: A Delhi-Mumbai highspeed train that runs four hours faster than the prestigious Rajdhani Express may be a reality early next year as the Indian Railwaysis poised to lease two rakes from Spain’s Talgo that can run much faster on the same track.
Talgo Chief Executive José María Oriol, who was in India last week, told ET the proposal for leasing rakes that can complete the 1,384 km journey in less than 12 hours was discussed with the Railway Board. He said the company was ready to manufacture in India if it gets a contract.
Officials said the government may go for a three-year lease for the Spanishmade rakes. “In principle, we want to get two rakes on immediate basis,” a top railway official said on condition of anonymity.”
However, the innovation committee of Niti Aayog has to approve it. We could acquire a preferential technology without going through the bids as well given that the innovation committee approves it.”