Prime Minister Modi along with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched India’s first bullet train project at Gujarat earlier today. The project – estimated to cost Rs 1.08 lakh crore – will begin towards the latter half of 2018 and is expected to be operational by 2023.
Rs 88,000 crores of the total budget will be fronted by the Japanese. The technology employed for the 508 km bullet train project will be an adaptation of ‘Shinkansen’, a high-speed technology used by bullet trains in Japan. Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister in his speech at the launch, said that the project was a step towards creating a new India.
The ambitious project has over been met with much scepticism. A recent IIT Ahmedabad study on the project revealed that the train would have to ferry an estimated 1,18,000 passengers a day and for the project to remain economically viable, the train would have to complete 100 trips a day.
The 320 mph – 350 mph train is expected to cut down travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad from the current 7 hours to less than 3 hours.
Inputs from the Telegraph
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