The country will witness a historical phenomenon as the Bullet Train Project is all set for takeoff. PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Sh
The country will witness a historical phenomenon as the Bullet Train Project is all set for takeoff.
PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are scheduled to inaugurate the ambitious HSR project on September 14. The duo will lay the foundation stone of the 508-km long Mumbai-Ahmadabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) in an event in Ahmedabad.
A stadium near Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati railway station will host the ceremony. Meanwhile, a high-speed railway training centre will be setup at Vadodara, that will initially house 4,000 trainees for project. The bullet train will significantly decrease the travel time between the two cities by 7-8 hours. Meanwhile, the train will clock a top speed of 350 km per hour.
The route is elevated mostly with only 13 kilometers on the ground and 27 kilometers inside tunnels.
The high speed bullet train will also pass through the country’s biggest tunnel of 21 km. Out of which seven km will be under the sea.
The Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal assured that the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project will be ready one year before schedule. Officials of Japanese and Indian Railways have set the deadline of 2023. But considering the pace of work, the project is likely to be ready by August 15, 2022.
The mega-project is a Rs. 1,10,000 crore endeavor. Out of which 81 per cent of the entire project cost will be in the form of a loan from Japan at a nominal 0.1% interest rate.
“Loan repayment period of 50 years with 15 years grace,” Mr Goyal said.
Sushant Mishra, Infra Advisor to the Indian Railways, told that Japan was awarded the contract because of zero accidents on this train networks. And the Japanese are pioneers in the bullet train technology giving them the upper hand.
In a day, the high-speed train will make 70 Ahmedabad-Mumbai sorties. India will import a total of 24 trains from Japan and the will domestically manufacture the remaining rakes.