Doklam fallout' 'Lack of response' from Chinese railways delays high-speed train project in south India

Oct 15, 2017, 11:55 PM

An ambitious  high-speed train project in south India has been delayed after Chinese  railways did not respond, railway officials have said, suggesting that the "lack of response" may be due to the  Doklam standoff.  Chinese railways had completed feasibility study for the project a year ago. An internal brief of the Mobility Directorate on the status of nine high-speed projects of the railways, accessed by PTI, shows that the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore corridor, a 492 km stretch, lies in limbo because the Chinese railways has failed to respond to the ministry's communiques. The ministry officials said that it was  the standoff between the two countries in Bhutan's Doklam area+ between June 16 and August 28 this year that seems to have derailed the project. China had in fact not only pitched for  the Mumbai-Ahemdabad high speed network,+ which was finally bagged by Japan, but also for the bullet project in the Mumbai-Delhi sector, which is yet to be finalised.