Ambiguity continues over land for bullet train terminus in Maharashtra

Sanjeev Sinha Named Adviser For Rs 1.1 Lakh Crore Bullet Train Project

India's railway ministry said the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR), as it is officially known, will herald a new era of "safety, speed and service" for the country.

The 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project will entail an estimated cost of Rs 1,10,000 crore.

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Out of the Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore and the interest on this loan is minimal, i.e. 0.1 per cent. The Japanese government has given other soft loans, such as for the western Dedicated Freight Corridor, but one loan can't be used for another objective.

The Railways ministry has been at pains to emphasise the wonderful terms of the loan being taken for the bullet train project. "Loan repayment period of 50 years with 15 years grace".

Despite work only just beginning, India is already looking to the future by reviewing other potential high-speed corridors: Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Chandigarh, Mumbai-Nagpur and Delhi- Nagpur.

The project is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japanese firm Shinkansen Technology.

Japanese trains are ranked among the fastest in the world, and the planned train's projected top speed of up to 350 kilometers (217 miles) per hour is more than double the maximum speed of the fastest trains now operating in India.

The project will be based on Japan's Shinkansen high-speed rail technology and Japan is also providing a soft loan of 880 bln rupees, accounting for 81% of the total estimated project cost of 1.08 trln rupees.

While the fare is yet to be decided, it is expected to be nearly double the current first class AC fare of trains running on the route, which ranges between ₹1,800 to ₹3,000.

A total of 12 stations have been proposed for the Bullet Train route, including Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. According to the initial proposal, the high-speed train will take 2.58 hours to reach the destination, and the rapid high-speed will cover the distance in 2.07 hours. That is, 508 will have 468 kilometers of track elevated, 27 kilometers of the route within tunnel and the remaining 13 kilometers on the ground.

"This is an occasion to celebrate the advent of the most modern technology in India".

Abe's visit to Ahmedabad comes ahead of Modi's 67th birthday on Sunday and many have dubbed it as part of his practice of "birthday diplomacy". The train line will link Ahmedabad city in Modi's home state of Gujarat to India's commercial capital Mumbai.

Moreover, Goyal said that this move will open 20,000 construction jobs. High-speed railway is a railway system wherein the running speed of trains is 250 km per hour or above.

Apart from the ground-breaking ceremony, both the dignitaries will also lay down a foundation stone for a high-speed railway training centre at Vadodara, where 4,000 staff will initially be trained for the project. In Japan, Shinkansen trains run barely three minutes apart, and since drivers can not spot signals due to the high speeds, the whole traffic management is automated.

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