Bullet Train Project in India: 10 things you should know

Sanjeev Sinha Named Adviser for Ahmedabad Mumbai Bullet Train Project

According to railway ministry officials, the operating speed of the bullet train will be 320 kilometers per hour and maximum speed will be 350 kilometers per hour. During Abe's this week visit, the loan agreement may also be signed. The government of India will directly bear the rest of the cost. The total distance of this high-speed rail link will be 508 kms. Despite its significance, the infrastructure remains poorly maintained and inefficient, lacking both modern signaling and communication systems. "This would be a historical moment as India will get its first bullet train".

Modi recently replaced his railway minister after a series of derailments, including one last month in which at least 23 people were killed in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Almost 150 died in a similar accident in November a year ago. The funding for this project comes as the part of a low-interest loan extended to India by Japan.

China has built its high-speed rail network at a rapid pace over the past decade.

Even the construction of the MAHSR project is being rolled out, the government is now reviewing the feasibility of six other High-Speed Rail Links. Now, it is time to have new technology.

China has been aggressively marketing its high-speed rail technology overseas and in the past lobbied hard to get the first contract in India.

A powerful symbol of Japanese industrial prowess and engineering might, the Shinkansen is renowned for its excellent performance.

Allaying criticism over the huge cost of over 1 lakh crore required for the projects, Goyal said after 160 years of history of railways in India, it is for the first time that a state-of-the-art technology is being brought to India.

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Still, carrying out construction of high-speed rail lines is an incredibly expensive affair.

Currently, a train journey between Mumbai and Ahmedabad can take anywhere between 7-8 hours. "Loan repayment period of 50 years with 15 years grace". Japan has agreed to give a soft loan to India, which will fund 81% of the entire project. But it is also among the most unsafe. "Shinkansen technology will transform India's transportation in the future". The deal could help ensure that Japanese train makers remain competitive on the global market amid ongoing Chinese offensive to become the world's preeminent supplier of trains.

Besides, the train would also pass from the country's biggest tunnel of 21 km.

In 2015, China won a high-speed rail project in Indonesia that Tokyo had thought it would secure.

National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited has been founded by the Indian Ministry of Railways to implement the MAHSR. A total of 24 high-speed trains will be imported from Japan and then rest of the rakes will be manufactured in India. It has also undertaken work to renovate some of the railway stations in India. IHS economist Biswas points out that the Indian government has been discussing joint co-operation for development of its high-speed rail networks with a number of nations with leading-edge technological expertise, including Germany. It had taken up a feasibility study for the New Delhi-Chennai corridor but no headway has been made in this regard so far.

The Indian Railways network is the largest in the world and yet, it does not have a high-speed train.

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