India’s first bullet train project launched

The high-speed bullet train in India is expected to bring a paradigm shift in how the world views transport system in India. The bullet trains, besides running at unbelievable speeds, are also known for their punctuality and safety features. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 14 September 2017 laid the foundation stone for the much-hyped Ahmadabad-Mumbai high-speed bullet train project.

The Prime Minister and Shinzo Abe inspected a model of the project as well before taking to the dais to inaugurate the billion dollar bullet train project. Newly appointed Railways Minister Piyush Goyal pitched bullet train as the train for the future and said that “many people criticized the introduction of Rajdhani but now it is the train everyone wants to travel in”.

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 Ahmadabad 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. The bullet train will stop at 10 stations, which are Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand and Sabarmati. According to Railway officials, roughly 1.6 crore people are expected to travel by the high-speed bullet train annually.

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. The bullet train in India will be based on Japan’s famed Shinkansen network which is known for its punctuality and cutting-edge technology. The Shinkansen uses 1,435 mm standard gauge tracks in contrast to the 1,067 mm narrow gauge. The Railways will need an estimated 825 hectare of land for the high-speed bullet train that will cover a distance of 508 km.

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