He said that the Indian Railways has identified four thrust areas for research - high-speed trains, developing heavy haul capacity to carry more freight, intelligent maintenance and use of advanced materials like polymers, rubbers, etc.

"The new centre, which would be ready in the next 7-8 months, will work according to the 'Make in India' campaign to develop indigenous technology in railways. Developing technologies related to bullet trains is one of our focus areas," Roy said.

India is currently considering two corridors for high speed trains.

While Japan is conducting the feasibility study for the bullet train project in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, China will do the same for the Delhi-Chennai route.     

Operating out of a temporary set-up, IIT researchers have already started working on suspension and bogies technologyfor high-speed trains.

Other sanctioned projects worth Rs 20 crores related to R&D of railway technology include the development of provisions for design of steel concrete composite railway bridges for high speed passenger traffic.

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