Public transport is of very high importance when it comes to a country like India where the population is more than 130 crores. With the increase in population, the number of people using two-wheelers and four-wheelers on the roadways is also increasing. As an alternative to choose, we have railways for transportation within the cities and also between states. The number of people using railways as the means of transport are increasing day to day as it has become very difficult to travel on Indian roads full of traffic at any given time. And now, we are at the point of making a dream come true. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the project of the first bullet train in India.
Along with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the work of the first bullet train in India which would run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. With an estimated cost of 1.08 lakh crore Rupees or 17 billion USD, this project is expected to get completed by the year 2022. Indian Government aims at launching this project on 15th August, 2022 which would mark the 75th Independence Day of India. Japan has offered a loan of 88,000 crores(more than four-fifth of the expenditure) with a minimal interest of 0.1 percent for this project. The maximum speed with which the first bullet train in India would run is nearly 350km per hour and will cover a distance of 508km in less than three hours of time. Prime Ministers of both the countries inspected a model of this bullet train project before they inaugurated this prestigious project.
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“This is the new India and the flight of its dreams is endless. The bullet train project will bring speed and employment. It is human-friendly and eco-friendly”, said Modi in his speech. Modi and Shinzo Abe even laid the foundation for an institute at Vadodara that is going to train nearly 4,000 people for the bullet train operation. This bullet train project can be considered as a part of the modernization of India which was campaigned during the 2014 elections. Furthermore, nearly 36,000 jobs are claimed to be generated by this project. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis were also present at the inauguration. Piyush Goyal called the bullet train as the train of the future and also said that Rajdhani was initially criticized by many people but now it is the train everybody wants to travel in. CM of Maharashtra said, “With laying the foundation of the bullet train, we are also laying the foundation of a new India.”
There will be 12 stops for this bullet train and at each stop it would wait for 165 seconds. It would take 2 hours 58 minutes to travel from Ahmedabad to Mumbai if it stops at all the stations. 10 coaches with a total seating capacity of 750 passengers are the initial plan with this bullet train which subsequently changed to 16 coaches with a capacity of 1250 passengers. Japan’s popular Shinkansen Network would be the basis of this bullet train in India.