Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train in September during the latter’s visit. The train will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and achieve the speed of 350 km/hour.
The project is expected to be completed for the first ride in the next six years.
The train will reduce the journey time between Ahmedabad and Mumbai to two hours from seven at present. There are a total of 12 stations on the 508-km route four of which are in Maharashtra and eight in Gujarat. The train will start underground from the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai and travel 27 kms through a tunnel in the sea before emerging over ground at Thane. It is estimated to cost about Rs 97,636 crore, the NDTV reported.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project has been sanctioned for implementation with technical and financial assistance of the Japanese government. “Procurement of high speed rolling stock is an integral part of the project that envisages promoting ‘Make-in-India’ of high speed rolling stock in a phased manner,” he said. Read More…