Bullet train will run under water in India

A senior Railways official involved in the Bullet train project mentioned that the railway route of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will include a 21 km long tunnel under the sea.

Not only will it the first of its kind Bullet train in India, but also the first in India to travel under the sea. Apparently the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet will travel under the sea near Thane creek as authorities plan to build an underwater tunnel.

Here are a few points you need 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 hour
  • 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.

A final feasibility report by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) suggested that fare of the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad may be somewhere around one and half times more than the fare of the first AC of Rajdhani Express and it would be around Rs 2,800. It is also estimated that by 2023 around 40,000 passengers are expected to avail this service everyday making it financially viable service.

Are you shore this will happen in India? Has the Modi wave just hit Indian Railways?

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