The Indian bullet train dream kicked off as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Japanese Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of India’s first high-speed train in Ahmedabad on Thursday. In his speech during the foundation laying ceremony, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed hope that when he’s back in India in a few years, he would have the good fortune of enjoying the beautiful scenery of India through the windows of the Bullet train. “PM Modi and I will work towards realizing ‘Jai Japan- Jai India’. If we work together nothing is impossible. I wish that when I come here next I come with PM Modi in a Shinkansen,” said Abe.
The project is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan’s Shinkansen Technology. Partially funded by a USD 17 bn loan from Japan, the bullet trains will run between Ahmedabad city and Mumbai.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail passageway is associate degree under-construction high-speed line connecting the cities of Ahmedabad, Gujarat and India’s economic hub Mumbai, geographical area. it’ll be India’s initial high-speed line.
HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BULLET TRAIN PROJECT:
- SPEED: The bullet trains will run at a speed of 320-350 km per hour, more than double the maximum speed offered by the fastest trains running in India.The high speed train is expected to reduce travel times between Ahmedabad and Mumbai by 2 hours, if it halts at just 2 stations. If the train halts at 10 stations, the travel time will go up to 2 hours and 58 minutes. Currently, the travel time between the cities is somewhere between 7-8 hours.
- Interestingly, the passengers will have two speed options in the bullet trains: High-speed: It will take 2.58 hours to reach the destination. Rapid high-speed: It will cover the distance in 2.07 hours.
- Stations: 12 stations have been proposed on the 500-km-long bullet train route, namely, Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
- Capacity: During the initial run, the high-speed trains will have 10 cars with a capacity to accommodate around 750 commuters. Subsequently, the number of cars will go up to 16 with a total seating capacity of 1250 passengers. According to Railway officials, around 1.6 crore people would be travelling by the bullet trains annually. Later, by 2050, the number is expected to go up to 1.6 commuters on a daily basis.
- Ticket Fare: The bullet trains will have two categories of seats – executive and economy. According to railway officials, the fares of the ticket will be somewhere in the range of Rs 3000 – Rs 5000. Number of Bullet Trains: initially, 35 trains will operate on the route which will increase to 105 by 2053.
- Route: Only 825 hectares of land has been designated for the project as 92 per cent of the route will be elevated, 6 per cent will be underground through tunnels. Only 2 per cent of the route will be laid on the ground. For the project, a 21-km-long tunnel between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai will be dug. 7km of tunnel will be under the sea. The tunnel after being built will be India’s longest tunnel. The train tracks will elevated to 18 metres for most of its route to ensure the train runs over the existing railway route. The remaining, less than 40km, stretch will be under sea between Thane and Vasai, and underground in Mumbai.
- Project completion: The project is expected to be completed by the year 2022.
Please look the Below Video for Presentation of the Bullet Train Project:
Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor
Future Possible Bullet Train Projects
Source: Republic World