India’s fastest, Bullet Train project (2017) begins today that will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The Indian Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal along with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of the Bullet Train Ahmedabad station, the route from where it will start and reach Mumbai, its destination. As per the experts, the introduction of the bullet train will not only transform the mode of transportation in India but will bring the revolution in the Indian economy benefiting larger number of people in the society.
India’s first Bullet Train to run on Mumbai- Ahmedabad route
As envisioned by the PM Narendra Modi, the bullet trains will become India’s fastest and high speed train that will uplift the entire Indian Railways with all modern technologies. Once the bullet trains gets started in India, then India will come at par with other developed nations, hence enhancing the economic growth of India. The bullet train in India will first commence on the route of Mumbai-Ahmedabad covering 508-km at highest speed. The entire bullet train project has been estimated of Rs 1,10,000 crore. Japan has agreed to invest $1 billion on this bullet train project which will later turn into $3 billion in the future to come.
India’s bullet train project is based on Shinkansen high-speed trains of Japan rail technology. Not only this, Japan is provising soft loan of Rs 880 billion to India for the project at 0.1% rate of interest per annum. India can repay the soft loan to Japan in the next 50 years to come along with the grace period of 15 years. Once the high speed bullet train in India gets operational, the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be two and three hours than seven to eight hours that it takes at present. The distance that the bullet train will cover will be over 508 km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and will house 12 stations on its route that will include Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. .
Indian bullet train’s stations and fare
As per now, there will two types of bullet trains that will run between Mumbai to Ahmedabad based on their speed. The slow moving bullet train in India will have ten halts on its route between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, which will be covered in 2.58 hours. However, the fast moving bullet trains will just cover the same distance in 2.07 hours while passing through the tunnel of 21 km, which is India’s biggest tunnel. This tunnel will have its seven km under sea. In total we’ll have 508 km stretch out of which the elevated track will be of 468 km, 27 km inside tunnel and 13 km on the ground.
The fare of this bullet train has not been finalised yet, but it is sepculated to be 1.5 times more than the first class AC fare of trains that are operational between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Which means, the current first class ticket of train between Mumbai to Ahmedabad is Rs 1,800 to Rs 3,000 and the bullet train fare will be somewhere between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000.