Bullet Train Mumbai-Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project in Ahmedabad on September,14 Thursday.
Gujarat to Mumbai 217mph train will cut journey time from 8 hours to 3
The train will have a 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 could be in the range of 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.
To fund the ambitious 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.
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.
The government said it will create around 15 lakh new jobs in India.
THE ROUTE FOR THE BULLET TRAIN?
The bullet train will stop at 10 stations, which are Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand and Sabarmati. A 21-km-long tunnel will be dug between Boisar and Bandra Kurla Compex (BKC) in Mumbai, with seven km of the stretch under sea.
On the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, 12 stations have been proposed: Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
India’s bullet train
- It will travel a distance of 500km (310 miles), cutting the journey time from Ahmedabad to Mumbai from eight to three hours.
- There will be 12 stations on the route.
- It will have top speeds of up to 350km/h (217mph), more than double the maximum speed offered by the fastest trains running in India.
- The majority of the route will be elevated. A part of it will run through a 7km long undersea tunnel.