As many as 13 foreign firms are in the race to conduct a pre-feasibility study of the 869 km long Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram high speed rail corridor. Japan Railway Technical Service, Korea Rail Network Authority, TUC Rail and five consortiums from Spain are among the 13 bidders for the Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore- Thiruvananthapuram high speed rail corridor. “One of these global consortiums would be awarded the contract for conducting the study as the evaluation process is currently underway,” Railway Ministry sources said, adding that the decision would be taken by next month. Railways’ proposal to set up high speed rail authority to run trains at 300 km per hour speed on certain selected routes has generated a lot of interest among global players. A delegation from Shinkansen, Japan’s high speed railway system, is meeting Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi next week. Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram route is one of the six corridors that have been selected by Railways for conducting pre-feasibility studies for running the high speed train. Till now Railways have undertaken pre-feasibility study for three routes.
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