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Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed train may be operational by 2021

The non-stop bullet train project will cover 546-km distance in 1 hour 52 minutes and it will cost Rs 45,000 crore, says Railway Board director.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: September 2, 2014 5:12 am

The high-speed rail (HSR) between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is likely to be operational by 2021 if every thing went according to the plan, according to Gaurav Agarwal, director of the Railway Board, Ministry of Railways. Speaking at a seminar on “High-Speed Rail in India —What, Why, When, Where, How?’’, organised by the Research Centre for Infrastructure Transportation and Water Management of the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) here on Sunday, Agarwal said that HSR would cover the distance of 546 kilometre between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in just one hour and 52 minutes by running at a speed of 350 km per hour.

Quoting from the project report, Gaurav Agarwal said that the if the speed was to be kept at 300 km/hour, then it would take 12 minutes more but could save 27 per cent energy.

Construction of  the high-speed rail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, he said, would cost around Rs 45,000 crore at a cost of Rs 80 crore per kilometre, besides additional rolling stock cost of Rs 5000 crore.

Agarwal said that India had one of the largest rail networks but it did not have any HSR lines capable of supporting speeds of even 200 km per hour.

He revealed that the Ministry of Railways was considering options for funding of the mega project through public private partnership (PPP) as well as  foreign direct investment (FDI).

The senior railway official said that high-speed trains would be aerodynamic and would have noise reduction systems.
Seat design of high-speed trains would be comfortable and light weight.

The high-speed rail ill cover 364 km in Gujarat, 176 km in Maharashtra and only six km in Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The route will have terminals at Mumbai and Ahmedabad only and  no halts in between.

Quoting McKinsey Global Institute report, he said that 40 per cent of India’s population would be globalised by year 2030. And thus there would be growing demand for inter-city transport-between metro city and tier-two and tier-three cities.

He said that in the absence of high-speed rail , airlines and car traffic was growing at 15-20 per cent annually.

Indian Railways transports two crore passengers and four metric tonnes of freight every day. A total of of nine semi-high speed trains, he said, were planned in 2014-15.

The speed of semi-high speed trains would be 140 km per hour to 160 km per hour, he added.

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  1. A
    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:47 am
    We Indians can upgrade everything and build anything at almost 1/10 th of cost. The day we start building the bullet trains we will emerge as an even stronger economy due to faster transport and cheaper technology. American economy is already facing heat from what china does. India will make them feel the heat even more. All the best. P.S. We have just v completed the mission to Mars as testimony to our capabilities.
    1. Arun Sharma
      Sep 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm
      Indian economy is growing fast and many of bullet train building companies are looking for newer markets. Egypt and many African countries also planning for it. Upgradation of existing railway to HSR is not possible technically. Planning is to be done for more such projects. Like metro railway, cost of building such projects will come down after first project as there will be lot of manufacturing of various components in India.
      1. Arun Sharma
        Sep 3, 2014 at 8:41 am
        Plan for several such projects not just this one. We need to march fast to catch up China. However, need for travelling will go down fast as IT will speed up communication by live chat, video conference and sharing info on cloud in a big way. Hope we are not late for building new airports, high speed trains and other expensive insutes. Let us also work on projects to reduce travelling drastically in cities between cities for any intra/inter government/private official work or meeting. Travelling is expensive fuel gobbling , and pollution creating.
        1. C
          Nov 17, 2014 at 8:07 am
          Mr. Alok your talks seems to be of rhetoric one. We have much prior issues than building bullet trains. In a large democracy like India where 1/3rd of the potion is below poverty line, who will use these bullet trains? No middle cl can afford it. We have corruption, education, heath problems, employ-ability issues to deal with. Please act practically. Do not get into these politicians false promises, they will just promise you anything and at the time of completion they will run away.
          1. Archie Leach
            Sep 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm
            "Upgradation" is NOT a word in America english, Canadian english, British english, Australian english nor New Zealand english.I was with an American corporation (IN THE UNITED STATES) that had some indian HB1 contractors and there was a rather large controversy involved where many of the Americans were making the issue of the use of "upgradation". The stupid issue of the use of "upgradtion" brought up useless disagreements between the Americans and the indian HB1 which were never resolved as Americans kept insisting it was NOT a word while the HB1 indians insisted it was. Since I'm American, I've never heard of the word in the United States.
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