Everyone has heard of the bullet train, Shinkansen, in Japan is the fastest train with its operating speed at 320km/h. This train runs for Tokyo to Osaka is one the world’s busiest high-speed train. These trains are known for their punctuality and have a record of never being late. Everybody is in awe at the surprising speeds that these trains achieve and also at the use of superior technology coupled with comfort for the passengers. Now, we will soon get bullet trains in India as well. All thanks to the Modi government for negotiating a deal with the Japanese government that made this possible.
Now, India will also get its first bullet train that will cover a distance of 508 km connecting Ahmadabad and Mumbai. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to lay the foundation stone at the Sabarmati station. The train is set to cover 12 stations- Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati. Giving a formal statement, the Railway minister Piyush Goyal has declared that the project will start on 14th September and will be completed by 2023. Although the deadline has been set for 2023, Prime Minister Modi is confident that the talented team of engineers will get the job done by 15th August 2022, for the 75th year of Independence. The train is set to have 10 cars with a capacity of accommodating 750 passengers. However, these numbers might increase in the future as they plan to have 16 cars that will accommodate 1250 passengers.
For this project, the Japanese government has been of a lot of help. This project is said to have an estimated cost of Rs. 1,10,000 crore and with an intent of lending a helping hand the Japanese government has given a loan of Rs. 88,000 crore at an interest rate of 0.1%. This amount needs to be paid back within a span of 50 years with a grace period of 15 years. The construction of this train will see the introduction of modern and highly sophisticated technology. India is on its way to becoming one of the most powerful countries in the world. With superior technology coupled with amazing minds, we as a nation are definitely on our way to success. Hope this project is a success and the government invests in many such projects in the future.