New Delhi: Railways is mulling to name its proposed high speed train service as TGS (Tibra Gatee Seva) on the pattern of TGV, the bullet train service in France.
    
France's TGV, which stands for 'Train à Grande Vitesse' or high speed train in English, is renowned for its speed and comfort, running at 280-300 km/hour speed on five major lines.
    
Some of the premier train services are named by Railways as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto.
    
Railways which is setting up the National High Speed Rail Authority to implement and monitor the high speed train project in the country is currently awarding contracts to global consultants for conducting feasibility studies of the proposed routes.
    
"As of now we are in the process of awarding contracts for the pre-feasibility studies of the proposed high speed corridors," a senior Railway Ministry official said.
    
As far as naming the proposed bullet trains is concerned, the official said, "No final decision has been taken yet to name it as TGS. This may be a just proposal as these trains are meant to cover distances of up to 600 km in two to three hours," the official said.

Railways plans to make the high speed rail corridor into a catalyst for India's economic growth, a stimulus for the development of satellite towns and reduction of migration to cities.
    
"We have awarded three foreign consultants to carry out studies in three corridors out of the six identified routes for conducting pre-feasibility studies for developing high speed rail corridors," the official said.
 
The pre-feasibility studies for the corridors equipped with state-of-the-art signaling and train control system for trains at a speed of 300 to 350 km per hour in three routes are being undertaken.
    
UK-based consultant Mott McDonald has been engaged to conduct the pre-feasibility study of the longest Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna (991 km) route, while Spanish consultant Eneco has been hired to carry out studies in the shortest Howrah-Haldia (135 km) route.
    
"French consultant Systra, which has done the studies for Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km) route, submitted the report to the Railway Ministry and the report is being examined now," he said.
    
A consultant for study of Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar (450 km) route will be selected soon as the global bid is under the finalisation.
    
While tenders for Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Chennai have been invited and under evaluation, bids for Chennai-Bangalore-Ernakulum will be invited shortly.
    
It is estimated to cost about Rs 100 crore to construct one km dedicated high speed corridor. As per the preliminary report, ridership revenues would be able to cover the operating cost of the project.
    
During the Rail Budget 2010, then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced construction of high speed passenger rail corridors. These projects will be executed through PPP mode.

(Agencies)