India’s ambitious bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is likely to be completed a year ahead of its stipulated deadline said, Piyush Goyal.
According to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, the official deadline is December 2023, but the government would try to complete Bullet train by August 15, 2022.
The commencement of construction work would start from September 14, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will perform ground breaking puja in Ahmedabad. The present Modi government believes in completing works much before stipulated time and Piyush Goyal seemed to be confident about their talented engineers to complete the work much in advance.
The Union Minister also pointed out that the construction of the high-speed train corridor will provide 4,000 directs jobs for running the system and 20,000 indirect jobs. Goyal also stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi played an important role in helping the country to get a cheap loan from Japan for the construction of bullet train corridor.
The 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project that would be built on the standard gauge will cost around Rs 1.1 trillion, out of which Japan is giving a soft loan of around Rs 88,000 crore at an interest rate of 0.1%, to be repaid in 50 years with a 15-year grace period.
Under the project, there would be 12 stations between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. These are Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati. The train speed is likely to be around 320 km per hour.
Hit the innovation
Outlining the roadmap for the Bullet train, Goyal said that once India adopts the train technology, it could start production of low-cost high-speed trains and become an exporter. They want to innovate with the Bullet train technology, Goyal said. He added that he is aware that many Indians are critical of this project but that the Modi government was committed to it and ready to take India to the ranks of developed economies by adopting the latest technologies.
As per the plan, the 508-km route will have 468 km of track elevated, 27 km in tunnels and the remaining 13 km on flat the ground. The initial proposal is for a 10-car train with a capacity to carry 750 passengers which would in the future be taken up to 16 cars with seating for 1,250 people.
India kept running railways on technologies that were discarded by other developed countries years ago, the Union Minister believes that introduction of bullet train will revolutionize the country’s outdated railway system. Make in India will grow bigger with every passing day and will create history for our nation.