Bullet Train Project Launched: The New India Aspirations is growing High!
India is progressing. From bullock cart to railways, trams, buses, the airplane, jet plane, helicopter, then metro railways and now bullet train. India is now just in its progressing phase, and now the way the Government is working rigorously things are going to mature very fast. The deal for the bullet train to be launched in India was signed back in 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched the initial work for India’s first high- speed bullet train on 14th September 2017, Thursday. The train will be launched in Gujarat, Narendra Modi’s native state. The first train will be running between Ahmadabad and Mumbai.
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The main things which you need to know:
- For this bullet train project, Japan has funded near about 88 crores in the form of a soft loan, which will be returned by India at 0.1 % interest rate for over 50 years. Japan is investing more than 81 percent of the total budget.
- The total cost of the bullet train project is of Rupees 1.1 lakh crore.
- This project is a joint venture between Shinkansen Technology which is a Japanese Firm and Indian Railways.
- As per the time estimation provided by Shinkansen Technology, the first train would roll out by the year 2023.
- But as per the statement provided by railway minister Mr. Piyush Goyal, Mr. Narendra Modi wants this train to get launched on 15th August 2022 when India will complete 75 years of Independence.
- The average speed of the train will be 250 km per hour and the top speed will go up to 320 km per hour. Gradually with more innovation, the train can run even double the top speed. This will be the fastest train in India.
- The first train that will be launched will have the capacity to carry 750 passengers from Gujarat to Mumbai.
- The travel time for traveling from Gujarat to Mumbai will be reduced from 8hrs to approx 3 hrs or little more if it stops at all twelve stations. But it halts at only four major stations then it can complete the travel distance within two hours.
- There is a lot of route planning made to run this train. The total distance stretch will be of 508 km out of which 92 % of the route will be made with elevation, 6 % will be covered via tunnel and rest will be on the ground. This bullet train will run through India’s longest tunnel of 21ks out which 7 km will be under the sea near Thane!
- But Maharashtra government is still in the decision-making process which will be the end stoppage for the bullet train in Mumbai. The state government has agreed to spare 9000 sq. feet plot at Bandra Kurla Complex for an alternative site.
The challenges on which government is working on are land acquisition, evacuation process with proper alternate facilities, Human resource development to complete the project, route design and further future expansion planning.
PM Modi declared that in the way of “New India” Japan has proved to be a true and strong friend. India is now towards fulfilling its dream. Both the prime ministers Modi and Abe has laid the foundation stone for an institute at Vadodara where near about 4000 people will be trained for this bullet train project. There was a grand reception arranged for Mr. Abe on Wednesday afternoon that was on 13th Sept. Both the leaders had some summit meetings. They are also planning to focus on strengthening security and defense ties. They are also planning to corporate each other in the nuclear energy sector.