India is on a roll with all the innovative ideas, executions, and plans to make our country a better place to live in. The news about advancements just doesn’t stop, and here’s one more to add to the same coterie. India is all set to welcome its first high-speed train.
The Indian authorities have been toying with this idea for almost 15 years now, but nothing substantial could be executed. However, in 2012, the High-Speed Rail Corporation (HSRC) of India was set up by the government to design, implement, and model the shape of the country’s high-speed projects.
In a recent plan pushed by the government, a bullet train will be run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Here’s what you need to know about it.
- The cost of the project is Rs.980 billion.
- To avoid obstacles during the journey, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train may run on elevated corridors, which will add another 10 billion to the cost of the project.
- The top speed of this train will be 300 to 350 km per hour.
- The train will take merely 2 hours to cover a distance of approximately 500 km.
- The first train is expected to run in 2024 if construction work begins by 2016-end or early 2017.
- On an average, 40,000 passengers are estimated to avail this service every day.
- This train will stop at 11 stations, out of which 7 will be in Maharashtra.
A joint feasibility study was submitted by the Indian Railways and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japanese government’s official aid agency, in September last year. The proposal of the elevated tracks is under consideration, taking into account the extra cost of the project. However, we are hoping that the decision is positive.
This train holds the potential of changing the future of how Indians travel.
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