Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Modi-Abe Meet: All Questions About India's First 'Bullet Train' Answered

Modi-Abe Meet: All Questions About India's First 'Bullet Train' Answered

As the government mulls moving the deadline forward for completion of the project from March 2023 to August 15, 2022 when the country celebrates its 75th year of independence, Goyal said, keeping in mind the speed with which the government has implemented all projects he is confident that this project too will be completed before deadline.

Both questions are incorrect, created to give you a certain kind of answer. Out of the Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore. 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.

Connecting Mumbai - India's most populous city - to Ahmedabad, the 508km high-speed line will cost around €14 billion, with the majority of funding coming from a low-interest loan from Japan. "Relevant competent authorities between the two countries maintained communication and increasing speed of railway in the current projects", he said. The repayment is set to begin only 15 years after receiving the loan.

"Indian and Japanese rail construction firms have already had a long track record of co-operation in the construction of a number of MRT projects in major Indian cities, so there is already a strong record of joint co-operation in both technology transfer and Make in India aspects", Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific Chief Economist at IHS Markit, a global information and analytics firm, told DW.

The operating speed of the bullet train will be 320 kilometers per hour and maximum speed will be 350 kilometres per hour.

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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. Of the 508-km stretch, 92 per cent of the route will be elevated, six per cent in tunnel and the rest two per cent will be on the ground.

The 508 km stretch will have 468 km of elevated track, 27 km inside the tunnel and the remaining 13 km on the ground.

"This will be a historical moment as India will gets it first bullet train", he said. In the first phase, the bullet train will cover 508 kilometres between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. 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.

China has been aggressively marketing its high-speed rail technology overseas and in the past lobbied hard to get the first contract in India. However, it will be interesting to see if the driving force behind these trains in India will be able to replicate the discipline of their Japanese counterparts.

Moreover, Goyal said that this move will open 20,000 construction jobs. Around 300 Indian Railway employees are now being trained in Japan and an additional 4,000 will be trained at a High Speed Rail Training Institute at Vadodara, which will be operational by 2020. High-speed railway is a railway system wherein the running speed of trains is 250 km per hour or above. The facilities at this institute will be utilized to train about 4,000 staff in next three years, who will then be utilized for operation and maintenance ensuring that this work is through skilled people in India rather than foreign dependent.

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