Dubbed as the big gift from Japan to India, India’s first bullet train project will revolutionize
the Indian Railways. This project is a joint venture between the Japanese firm Shinkansen Technology and Indian Railways.
Here are the key highlights of this first-of-its-kind ambitious project in India.
The estimated cost of this bullet train project is 1.10 lakh crore.
- Japan will finance 81% of the whole project (by The Japan International
- Cooperation Agency (JICA)) in soft loans at an interest rate of 0.1%, with the repayment over fifty years (with 15 yrs grace period).
- This train will -carry a total of 750 passengers.
- Bullet train will run on an average speed of 250km/hr,with a highest speed of 320-350km per hour- which is almost double the maximun speed of the fastest train in India.
- The distance between Ahmedabad and Mumbai will be achieved in almost 2 hours which usually takes approx. 7-8 hours.
- This entire project will utilise 825 hectares of land and 92% of the route between the distance of 508 km will be elevated. Surprisingly,it will travel through India’s longest tunnel of 21km ( Between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai) of which 7km will be under sea.
- The bullet train will connect Ahmedabad and Mumbai andwith a total of 12 stations Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
- In the beginning, this high-speed train will carry only 10 coaches with a seating capacity of 750 passengers. Later, it is also proposed to carry 16 coaches with a seating capacity of 1250 passengers.
- When the bullet train operations starts, India will run around 35 bullet trains with 70 trips per day. Moreover, this number will increase to 105 trains by 2050.
- The fare is expected to be in the range of Rs 3000 – Rs 5,000.
The Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said the train will begin operating on August 15, 2022; when India completes 75 years of independence!