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July 18, 2011

Mott MacDonald to study Indian high-speed line

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ON BELHALF of India's Ministry of Railways, Indian Railway Construction Company (Ircon) has appointed Mott MacDonald to carry out a pre-feasibility study for the country's first high-speed railway.
The 993km line would link Delhi with Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi, and Patna, and would be implemented as a public-private partnership (PPP). Mott MacDonald will identify key issues for the development of the project, including environmental impacts and assessment of viable technologies. It will also analyse operational and business requirements, including ridership, capital cost, cost-benefit analysis, and development of a planning and implementation schedule.

The project is part of the Indian Government's Vision 2020 long-term national development plan, which envisages four high-speed projects in separate areas of the country.

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