Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today laid the foundation stone for the much-hyped Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed bullet train project.
Before inaugurating the high-speed bullet train project, Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe inspected a model of the project in Ahmedabad.
“If technology is used to empower the poor, we can win the fight against poverty,” said Narendra Modi before inaugurating the bullet train project.
Newly appointed Railways Minister Piyush Goyal pitched bullet train as the train for the future and said that “many people criticised the introduction of Rajdhani but now it is the train everyone wants to travel in”.
“With laying foundation of the bullet train, we are also laying foundation of a New India,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the inauguration ceremony in Ahmedabad.
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HIGH-SPEED BULLET TRAIN PROJECT:
HOW MUCH DOES THE BULLET TRAIN PROJECT COST?
The ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed bullet train project will cost an estimated Rs 1.08 lakh crore or USD 17 billion. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.
WHAT WILL BE THE TICKET FARE FOR BULLET TRAIN?
According to Railway officials, the bullet trains would have two categories of seats, executive and economy, and the ticket fares will be comparable to that of AC-2 tier fare for Rajdhani Express.
Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inspect the project plan for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train. Photo: PIB.
WHAT WILL BE THE SPEED OF THE BULLET TRAIN?
The bullet train will run at an average speed of 320 km per hour which can go up to 350 km per hour. The bullet train will cover the distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in 2 hours and 58 minutes if it halts at 10 stations. The travelling time, however, will come down to barely two hours if the train halts at only two stations.
WHAT WILL BE 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.
WHAT IS THE PASSENGER CAPACITY IN A BULLET TRAIN?
Initially, the high-speed bullet train will have 10 coaches with a total seating capacity of 750 passengers. Subsequently, the train will have 16 coaches with a seating capacity of 1250 passengers.
According to Railway officials, roughly 1.6 crore people are expected to travel by the high-speed bullet train annually. However, by 2050, an estimated 1.6 commuters are expected to use the bullet train on a daily basis.
HOW MANY BULLET TRAINS WILL RUN ON THE ROUTE?
The Railways will operate 35 bullet trains but the number will increase to 105 by 2053. A bullet train requires four hours of cleaning after a run of 20 hours.
HOW MUCH DISTANCE WILL THE BULLET TRAIN COVER?
The Railways will need an estimated 825 hectare of land for the high-speed bullet train that will cover a distance of 508 km. Nearly 92 per cent of this route will be elevated, six per cent will go through tunnels and the remaining two per cent will on land.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Railway Ministry have inked a Memorandum of Understanding for the 508-km bullet train corridor. Japan will partially fund the bullet train project