GoNews: All You Need to Know about India’s First Bullet Train

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Yes! India is soon going to boast of its own bullet train that will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. So, let’s have a look at some of the important developments this project has gone through since its inception:

  • 9th December 2015: The ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project costing a whopping Rs.98,000 crore gets a green signal by the cabinet.
  • 12th December 2015: Indian PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe sign the deal at the annual summit talks in New Delhi.
  • 22nd December 2015: The project faces a hurdle when the Maharashtra government expresses its inability in allotting land requested in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. The state government instead recommends the NDA government to use vacant railway plots in Dadar, Kurla and Bandra termini.
  • 4th January 2016: The Ministry of Railways fast-tracks the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor by setting up a separate company that will be registered till January end, in the name of Indian Railways.
  • 8th January 2016: Additional Chief Secretary, Transport and Ports, Gautam Chatterjee announces that they are considering to build an elevated corridor to run the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, which will increase the cost of project by Rs.10,000 crore.
  • 11th January 2016: Government constitutes a five-member high-level committee chaired by NITI (The National Institution for Transforming India) Ayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya to monitor Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.
Bullet train
Image for representational purpose only. | Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bullet_train_at_Fukuoka_railway_station,_Japan,_East_Asia.jpg

Few Facts about the Bullet Train:

  • It will be constructed using Japanese Shinkansen Technology and will be one of the world’s cheapest bullet train projects.
  • It will reduce Mumbai-Ahmedabad travel time from 8 to just 2 hours.
  • It will hit a top speed of 320 km/hr.
  • The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will fund up to 81% of the project at 0.1 per cent interest rate for a period of 50 years.
  • The rail line should be ready by the end of 2023 and work is expected to begin by 2017.
  • The project will be jointly implemented by Maharashtra and Gujarat state governments and the Ministry of Railways.

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