The Planning Commission has suggested that the Railways should begin its high-speed rail (HSR) corridor project with the Delhi-Agra section rather than insisting on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor.

In a recent note to a steering group, the Commission has asked the Railways to take up the Delhi-Agra section of the 991 km-long Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi corridor, as it would be able to execute the project on a stretch that is barely 200 km as a demonstrative exercise and before developing other corridors.