Bullet trains are set to change train travel in India: Here is how
Date: Aug 8, 2016
Source: The Indian Expess By Express Web Desk
The Bullet Train is a High Speed Rail Network where trains will operate at a top speed of around 320 km per hour. The first section of the network will connect the 508-km route between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The track will move towards Delhi for when the extension project kicks in.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for India’s first ever High-Speed Rail (HSR) network, dubbed as the bullet train project. Once the bullet train starts operating, the superfast trains operating in India today won’t seem ‘superfast’ anymore. Before coming to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised a Diamond Quadrilateral Project that would connect Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai via HSR network. The project was approved expeditiously by the Centre and endorsed by former president Pranab Mukherjee as well.
What is the India’s Bullet Train project?
The Bullet Train is a High-Speed Rail Network where trains will operate at a top speed of around 320 km per hour. The first section of the network will connect the 508-km route between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The track will move towards Delhi when the extension project kicks in.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe boarding the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe from at Tokyo Station, in Japan on November 12, 2016.
When will it start construction?
The project was sanctioned for feasibility studying all the way back in 2009-10. The project is currently undergoing the soil testing stage. Both PMs are expected to lay the foundation stone of the project in September in Ahmedabad. The construction is expected to start by 2018 and the schedule for the launch of the first section’s operations is set for 2023.