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Gujarat to get India's first bullet train

8 Jul 2014
Gujarat to get India's first bullet train
  • While presenting the railway budget, Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda announced that India's first bullet train would run in Gujarat.
  • Gowda proposed a bullet train which would run from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.
  • Modi had promised a high speed network in his Prime Ministerial campaign.
  • Modi had announced a diamond quadrilateral of bullet trains to connect the four major cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.

Prabhu asks public to name first bullet train

1 Jul 2015
Prabhu asks public to name first bullet train
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had asked the public to suggest names for India's first high-speed bullet train.
  • Indian names like Pushpak and Garud suggested by railway employees did not impress the minister.
  • Prabhu extended this exercise to the country to make the public a part of it.
  • Bullet trains in other countries had native names and Prabhu wanted India to follow suit.

Regional names for bullet trains in other countries

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Similar in countries

The Japanese call their high-speed train network Shinkansen; China's fastest train is known as Shanghai Maglev and the French call theirs TGV (Train Grande Vitesse).

Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor to cost ₹ 1 lakh crore

20 Jul 2015
Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor to cost ₹ 1 lakh crore
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) submitted its final report on India's first bullet train corridor.
  • JICA said that it would cost nearly ₹1 lakh crore to build it.
  • According to the report, the train would start running in 2024 if the work began in 2017.
  • The report estimated that the bullet train would run at a speed of over 300 km per hour.

Foreign firms to study High Speed Rail Corridors

25 Sep 2015
Foreign firms to study High Speed Rail Corridors
  • Indian Railways had chosen three foreign firms to study the technical feasibility of three other bullet train corridors.
  • The Chinese firm was to study the Mumbai-Delhi corridor, a French company was given the Mumbai Chennai corridor and a Spanish company was to study the route for Delhi-Kolkata corridor.
  • The feasibility study for the three routes was estimated to cost about ₹ 30 crores.

Nashik detour not viable Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor

29 Sep 2015
Nashik detour not viable Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor
  • Officials handling the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor had said that a Nashik detour for the bullet train was not possible.
  • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis had requested the rail minister make it a part of the corridor.
  • Railway officials had said that cost of constructing and running a high-speed rail in the ghat section wasn't easy.
  • They said that Mumbai-Pune section was rejected for the same reason.

Japan offers India finance for first bullet train

22 Oct 2015
Japan offers India finance for first bullet train
  • Japan has offered to finance India's first bullet train at an interest of less than 1% which is estimated to cost almost $15 billion.
  • They have proposed to meet 80% of the Mumbai- Ahmedabad bullet train project cost.
  • The Japanese government has put forward one condition that India would buy 30% of equipment including the coaches and locomotives from Japanese firms.

The fastest bullet train in the world

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Japan's 'Maglev' bullet train is the fastest in the world with a speed of 603 km per hour. The train carries 900 passengers at once and can cover 1 mile in 10 seconds.

Japan to most likely build India's first bullet-train

8 Dec 2015
Japan to most likely build India's first bullet-train
  • Japan is expected to win the bid to create India's very first bullet train; only recently it had lost the Indonesian high-speed rail contract to Beijing.
  • Japan will extend more than $8.11 billion in loans to build India's ₹980 billion bullet train.
  • The construction of the high-speed railway link (connecting Ahmedabad with Mumbai) will begin from 2017 and will be finished in 2023.

Japan finally wins the bid for India's first bullet-train

10 Dec 2015
Japan finally wins the bid for India's first bullet-train
  • After much speculation whether it would be China or Japan, Japan has successfully won the ₹98,000 crore (₹17,000-18,000 crore would be the cost of land) project of building India's first bullet train.
  • The cabinet while clearing the deal said up to 70-80% of the components could be manufactured in India.
  • The venture is presumed to be proclaimed during Japanese premier Shinzo Abe's visit.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train to travel under sea

20 Apr 2016
Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train to travel under sea
  • A senior railway official said that the 508 km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor will have a 21 km long tunnel under the sea.
  • There will be a stretch after Thane creek towards Virar which will go under the sea as per the detailed project report by Japan International Cooperation Agency.
  • It would make the project India's first underwater public transportation system.

Team in Tokyo to discuss bullet train project

15 May 2016
Team in Tokyo to discuss bullet train project
  • NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya along with Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal and several top bureaucrats visited Japan to work out details of the bullet train project.
  • The team will explore the possibilities of participation of Japanese companies in the bullet train project under the Make in India initiative.
  • The team will also discuss the finalisation of the general consultant for the project.
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