In Ahmedabad, PM Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will inaugurate the beginning of bullet train project, which will be the fastest trains of India to run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
The high speed rail project will be of 508 kilometer long and is estimated to cost Rs. 1,08,000 crore. Its total expenditure’s 81% is funded by Japan with a loan of Rs. 88,000 crore at only 0.1% interest rate. Thus, it is believed to be a good gesture of Japan towards India and especially Mr. Modi. Both PMs friendship is well known to the world communities.
As per the mega project for bullet trains, the Ahmedabad Mumbai High Speed Rail Project, the official name of the project, is planned to be passed through two states Gujarat and Maharashtra and one union territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The double track rail project will have a 21 km long tunnel with its 7 km part under the sea at Thane Creek near Mumbai.
In the stretch of 508 km, there will be 12 stations starting from Mumbai, the underground one to the rest elevated ones in moving directions – Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and the last Sabarmati.
In a press release, issued by the Gujarat Government, it claims that it is for the first time in the history of India happens that a mega project gets a great hearted funding by any other country. The press release also claims that the project’s finishing time will be August 2022 instead of December 2023 as stated earlier.
The maximum design speed of the trains will be expected to 350 km/hour while the maximum operating speed will be 320km/hour. The maintenance of the trains will be under the management of Sabgarmati and Thane Depto and the operational control centre will be in Vadodara.
The total journey time will be 2.58 hours by stopping at all the stations.