Modi, Abe launch India’s First Bullet Train Project: Fast facts you need to know

India’s First Bullet Train Project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese friend Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project in Ahmadabad on Thursday. This bullet train is a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also, read What can Become India’s next Super Power Country

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The government said that the bullet train technology will revolutionize and transform the railways.

Other sources, however, say that the funds for the bullet train project could have been better utilized to revamp the India railway, just because of various derailments and accident in the past.

Here’s all you need to know about the Mumbai-Ahmadabad bullet train project:

Passenger information

The train will have top speeds of 320-350 km per hour and it is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities to around 2 hours from the existing 7-8 hours. The Fares range between Rs 3000 – Rs 5,000.

Passengers will have two-speed options in 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.

Commuters and capacity

Initially, each high-speed train will have 10 cars and the capacity to accommodate 750 people. It will increase to 16 cars that will accommodate 1,200 people.

According to initial estimates, around 1.6 crore people are expected to travel by the bullet train annually. By 2050, around 1.6 lakh commuters should travel by the high-speed train on a daily basis.

Stations

On the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, 12 stations have been proposed: Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati.

Route

The railways will only require around 825 hectares of land for the project as 92% of the route will be elevated, six percent will go through tunnels and only the remaining two percent will be on the ground. India’s longest tunnel – 21-km-long – will be between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, 7km of which will be under the sea.

The train tracks will be elevated to 18 meters for most of its route to ensure the train runs over the existing railway route. The remaining, less than 40km, the stretch will be under the sea between Thane and Vasai, and underground in Mumbai reported.  The Indian Express.

Funding

Fund Rs 1,10,000-crore project, a loan of Rs 88,000 crore will be taken from Japan. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will fund it at a low rate of interest of 0.1% per annum. This loan has to be repaid to Japan in 50 years, with 15 years grace period.

Training and job creation

The government said that it will create around 15 lakh new jobs in India.

A High-Speed Rail Training Institute will train about 4,000 technical staff of the bullet train project.

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