Starting 2022, Board Bullet Trains From Mumbai to Ahmedabad Every 20 Minutes
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal made the announcement in a recent Twitter post and said that the bullet trains will have a seating capacity of 750 passengers with 10 coaches in every train.
India would soon see bullet trains similar to those used in Japan, as pictured. (Image: AFP)
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal made the announcement in a recent Twitter post and added that the bullet trains will have a seating capacity of 750 passengers with 10 coaches in every train.
The high-speed train promises to cover the 500 km distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in just two hours. A train journey between these two cities usually takes about seven hours now while flights take about an hour.
The bullet train will also be linked by a total of 12 stations. The train will stop at Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati stations.
The Mumbai to Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japanese firm Shinkansen Technology. The total estimated cost is Rs 1.08 lakh crore for the first rail link. Japan has agreed to give a soft loan to India, which will fund 81% of the entire project.
India Gears Up For Bullet Train: The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed bullet train to commence operations from 2022. The train will leave every 20 minutes from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and have 10 coaches with the seating capacity of 750 passengers. pic.twitter.com/OMDko6xwuI— Piyush Goyal Office (@PiyushGoyalOffc) March 27, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India's first bullet train project in a much-publicized event in Gujarat ahead of the state Assembly elections in September.
The big budget project has ever since invited a lot of criticism from opposition parties, more so from BJP’s ally Shiv Sena, which raised questions on the funding of the project at a time when several train passengers had perished at the Elphinstone bridge collapse.
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