India is a rapidly growing country with massive development in every aspect. The transport communication between major cities will encourage that constructively. That is why the Indian Government is performing activities to enhance the development process in the country.
India is constructing Expressways and Rail Corridors to connect the major cities in such efforts. A few examples include Delhi-Mumbai Expressways, Nagpur-Mumbai Expressways, and many more, which are expected in the future. Currently, the Indian Government is working on its first-ever Bullet Train project that will connect the economic hub of India, Mumbai and Ahmadabad. The project is also named as Mumbai-Ahmadabad High-Speed Rail Corridor.
The First Bullet Train in India
Mumbai-Ahmadabad high-speed rail is 508.17 km under a construction project that will connect Mumbai with Ahmadabad. It is India’s first Bullet train project executed by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL). Since India doesn’t have expertise in making high-speed bullet trains, Japan is energetically involved with this project. Japan contributes to India technically and financially to make this dream project successful. Because of its expertise in making bullet trains, Japan is applying the same tech in this Indian project.
The prime minister of India and Japan laid the bullet train foundation stone on 14th September 2017. The construction work began with 400 employees by High-Speed Rail Training Institute (HSRI) in Vadodara. The train will start from Mumbai and will reach its destination Ahmadabad. According to an estimate, if the bullet train stops at 12 stations, it will take about 2.58 hours to reach, and if the train stops at 4 stations such as Mumbai-Surat-Vadodara-Ahmadabad, it will take around 2.07 hours to cover the distance. The maximum speed of the Indian bullet train will be 350 km/h.
NHSRCL is carrying out all the work to complete this project in full force. Recently, Minister of State for Rail, Darshana Jardosh, inspected the construction work of the High-Speed Rail project between Surat and Vapi.
Important Things About Mumbai –Ahmadabad High-Speed Rail
- The completion of the project was expected in 2023, but due to delays in acquiring land in Maharashtra, the date has been extended to October 2028.
- Maharashtra has acquired 70% of the total land, and the construction work will be executed soon.
- NHRSCL manages the work of the Mumbai-Ahmadabad High-speed project.
- Out of 508 km, 384 km of the area lies in the state of Gujarat, 4 km in Dadar and Nagar Haveli and the rest 156 km lies in the state of Maharashtra.
- The civil contract of 384 km has already been awarded, of which L&T will execute 325 km.
- In this rail project, you will find an underground tunnel of 21 km. This underground station lies in the Bandra-Kurla complex and Shilphata. These are located in the state of Maharashtra.
- You will be surprised to know that the bullet train will pass through a 7km undersea tunnel. This is going to be the first-ever Under Sea Railway Corridor Construction. The trains will have a capacity of 750 passengers.
- Most of the bullet train corridors will be elevated except for a 21 km underground tunnel and 7 km of undersea tunnel.
Amenities Provided to the Passengers in High-Speed Bullet Train
- Cabins are well designed to avoid air pressure, especially in tunnels. In the high-speed train, passengers feel outside noise disturbance that causes pain in the ears. The complete train body will be made airtight that resist the outside noise to overcome such discomfort to the travellers.
- LCD passengers information displays are inbuilt to keep the travellers informed about train name and number, current station name, upcoming station name, door opening side and speed.
- In addition to this, an automatic announcement system, emergency call system and wireless interphone (for crew) will be provided onboard.
- Toilets are attached to the emergency call system.
- In case of an emergency, passengers will be able to talk to crew members.
- The train will be well equipped to assist the differently-abled passengers.
- There will be proper arrangements for sick passengers and breastfeeding facilities for women.
- Apart from these, there will be proper arrangements of baby care like a baby changing room, diaper disposal, baby toilet seats and a low-raised washbasin.
- Separate washrooms for men and women with three makeup mirrors.
Safety Measures in High-Speed Rail Corridor
- Japanese safety technologies will be used to avoid crashes through DS-ATC. It will be fitted with the crash avoidance tech and automatic brake application.
- High-speed rail will pass through earthquake zone that may occur an incident. The train will be best fitted with an earth detection control system. The system will automatically enable power shutdown.
- Rail is fitted with a track temperature monitoring system with a special sensor. It will also monitor the wind temperature.
- The bullet train will be well equipped with many display units to support the driver and passenger. This will help the driver to take random decisions based on information.
Maintenance of High-Speed Rail Corridor
- The High-speed rail corridor is highly maintained for its successful running. It is based on rolling stock maintenance. Bullet train project maintenance will be inspected on a daily basis to avoid any occurrence.
- The General Inspection Train (GIT) will be used for inspecting and measuring the parameters of the track, telecommunication system and power supply.
Fare Structure of Bullet Train
It is predicted that the bullet train fare will not be too expensive to afford. The minimum fare cost will be around 3000 per person to facilitate the passengers. The train will make 70 trips, i.e. 35 on each side every day. The timing will be between 6 AM and 12 AM.
Is the Mumbai Ahmadabad Rail corridor the first bullet train project of India?
Yes, it will be the first-ever high-speed rail corridor project of India.
Will bullet train journey be affordable?
Yes, the bullet train journey will be quite affordable because of its low price. The expected fare is going to be Rs. 3000 per person.
Which country is helping India in making bullet trains?
Japan is assisting India financially and economically in making the fastest speed train.
Due to some delay in land acquisition, the expected completion date is pushed to 2028. But, one thing is promising that the Government is concerned about developing this project.
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