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
- Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had asked 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
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 Rs. 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 Rs. 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
- 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 Rs. 30 crore.
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
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 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 Rs. 98,000 crore (Rs.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
- 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.
Work on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail to be expedited
- At the 4th meeting on the Rs. 97,636-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, the Niti Aayog decided to expedite the work and obtain environmental clearances.
- Construction on the 508-km track is expected to start in 2018, and services operational from 2023.
- The ground breaking ceremony will be held during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's 2017 visit. Japan will fund 81% of the project.