India's first bullet train will dive under the sea

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor will go under water for a short stretch at Thane. India will not only get its first bullet train in the near future, but there will also be an underwater rail corridor through which it will pass, providing the extra thrill of riding underwater. The first route will be from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and the rail corridor will measure 21 km. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 97,636 crore, 81% of which will come from the funding obtained by a loan from Japan. The loan agreement also states that signalling, power systems, and other equipment will be imported from Japan. The agreement will be signed towards the end of the year and construction is expected to begin by the end of the year 2018. Points to Know:

  • This is the first time a rail track is to be constructed under water in India.
  • The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor will be 508 kilometres long
  • A 21-kilometre stretch from Thane to Virar in Maharashtra will go under the sea through a tunnel
  • The rest of the line would be constructed on an elevated track. The Bandra-Kurla complex has been earmarked for the construction of the railway station
  • The bullet train is estimated to cover the distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad within two hours at a top speed of 350 kilometre per hourmumbai-thane-high-speed-train
  • The project has been undertaken by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • The estimated cost for construction is around Rs 97,636 crore, 81 percent of which will be funded on loan by Japan
  • The construction is slated to begin at the end of 2018.

  The Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor is an approved high-speed rail corridor project to connect the cities of Mumbai, Maharashtra and Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. If built, it will be India’s first high speed rail line. This corridor, along with 5 other high-speed rail corridors, was introduced for feasibility study in the 2009–2010 Rail Budget. A 650 km long high speed rail corridor was proposed to run from Pune railway station to Ahmedabad railway station via Mumbai.

The point at which this route would touch Mumbai was to be decided when the feasibility report was prepared. The pre-feasibility study for the Ahmedabad–Mumbai–Pune corridor was completed by a consortium of RITES, Italferr and Systra. The top speed expected for the corridor was up to 350 kmph. The proposed stations included Lonavla on Mumbai–Pune section and Surat, Bharuch and Vadodara on Mumbai–Ahmedabad section. It was proposed to have 32 services between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Railway officials also proposed extending the corridor up to Bangalore.

About HSRC: High Speed Rail Corporation of India Limited (HSRC) has been formed on the directions of Ministry of Railways, Government of India, for development and implementation of high speed rail projects. This Special Purpose Vehicle has been incorporated in 2012 as a subsidiary of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited which is a Mini-Ratna public sector enterprise of Government of India. Objective of HSRC is to undertake feasibility studies and techno-economic investigations & prepare detailed project reports of selected corridors for introductions of High Speed trains.

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