Bullet train to become a reality in India
India’s first high-speed bullet train project is all set to start from January next year. The 508 km long range bullet train service is projected to start its service from Mumbai to Ahmedabad sector.
According to Indian Railway, the project is predicted to cost around Rs 1.08 lakh crore, that would be completed by the end of 2022. Meanwhile, around 1,400 hectares of land has to be covered from both Maharashtra and Gujarat at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore. The mega project also gets funds from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Also, the land acquisition programme is already underway in certain parts of Mumbai.
Upon completion, the bullet train is expected to cuts the travel time between the two cities for just 2 hours instead of 8 hours. Railway said that a daily service of 35 trips each can transit around 700 commuters.
“We want to keep the prices lower than the airlines. Also, for people in Mumbai region this train would be a boon as they will be able to reach from Thane to Bandra Kurla Terminal within 15 minutes by paying around Rs 250, which will be the minimum ticket price,” said Achal Khare, managing director, National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHRC).