As India gets its first Bullet Train which is slated to run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, here are some interesting facts about India’s first bullet train that are worth reading.
The bullet train is expected to start its operations in 2022 and is expected to run at a maximum speed of 350 km per hour. This first Bullet Train in India will cover 508 kilometer stretch in under three hours.
Travel time of the Bullet train
It was reported that the bullet train in India will have 12 stops and it is expected to stop at each stop to a maximum of 165 seconds. The train will reach Mumbai from Ahmedabad in two hours and 58 minutes if it stops at all 12 stops. In case, the train stops at only three stations Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat before finally halting at Mumbai it will be able to cover the distance in just two hours and seven minutes.
Halts of the Bullet train
The proposed 12 stations in where the Bullet Train will halt are Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. It has been reported that after running for 20 hours the bullet train would require a cleaning time of four hours.
Number of Trains
According to reports, the Railways will initially run 35 bullet trains in India when it commences operations. These 35 bullet trains will make about 70 trips per day. There are plans to increase the number of bullet trains on the route from initial 35 to 105 trains by 2050.
21-km Long tunnel to pass under the sea
It has been reported that a 21-km-long tunnel will be built for the first bullet train project in India. This tunnel is reported to be built between Boisar and Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. Out of the projected 21-kilometre long tunnel, seven kilometer track will be constructed under the sea.
Seating capacity and coaches
The Bullet train in India will initially have 10 coaches. These 10 coaches will have a total seating capacity of 750 passengers which is expected to be increased later. It is proposed that 6 coaches will be added to the initial number of coaches which will increase the seating capacity to 1,250 passengers with a total number of 16 coaches.
Expected fare and number of travellers
The exact figures of the number of commuters have not seen the light of the day but according to the government, it is expected that around 1.6 crore people might travel by the Bullet train in India every year once the operations begin. It has been further stated by the government that around 1.6 lakh commuters will travel by the high-speed bullet train on a day by 2050.
The fares too have not been disclosed but according to the Railway Minister, the bullet train in India will have two categories of seats – executive and economy and the fares will be ‘affordable for all’. The prices will be at par with the base AC 2-tier fare of the Rajdhani Express.
Land acquisition for India’s bullet train Project
It was reported that the Railways would only require approximately 825 hectares of land for the first Bullet train project in India. It has been stated that only two per cent track of India’s Bullet train will be on the ground. A major share of the track, which is close to 92 per cent of the route, will be elevated and the remaining six per cent will go through tunnels.