PM Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe inaugurated the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed bullet train project today. Before initiating the high-speed bullet train project, Modi and Shinzo Abe inspected a model of the project in Ahmedabad.
Before launching the bullet train project, Modi said: If technology is used to empower the poor, we can win the fight against poverty. The high-speed train will add pace to India’s growth, reduce the distance between people and places and improve productivity.
Mostly funded by a $17bn (£12.78bn) loan from Japan, the bullet train will run between Ahmedabad city and Mumbai. Once complete the train which will have a top speed of 350 km/ hr will lessen travel time within the two places around 2 hours from the current 7 hours travel. The cost of the project is Rs 1.08 lakh crore, and it runs 316-mile long, the project is expected to be concluded by 2022.
The bullet train will stop at ten stations, which are Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, and Sabarmati. A 21-km-long tunnel will be bored between Boisar and Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, with seven km of the stretch under the sea. Initially, the high-speed bullet train will have ten coaches with a total accommodation range of 750 passengers. Afterward, the high-speed train will have 16 coaches with a luxury range of 1250 passengers.
According to Railway officials, roughly 1.6 crore people are assumed to travel by the high-speed bullet train yearly. However, by 2050, an expected 1.6 crore passengers are supposed to use the bullet train on a daily basis.
The Railways will need 825 hectares of land for the high-speed bullet train that will cover a distance of 316-mile. Nearly 92 per cent of this route will be elevated, six per cent will go through tunnels and the remaining two per cent will on land.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Railway Ministry have inked a MoU for the 316-mile bullet train corridor. The project is on Japanese soft loan. But they would be happy as their high technology is under stiff competition from China and South Korea, who are trying to build similar rail corridors across the world.