Bullet train fare 1.5 times higher than AC 1st Class

The ministry expects around 36,000 daily users per day both ways by 2023, going up to 186,000 by 2053.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: May 4, 2016 4:31 pm
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The Ministry of Railways has proposed a tariff for the upcoming bullet train service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad that will be 1.5 times more than the first class AC fare prevailing now, parliament was informed on Wednesday.

In Duronto Express, for example, the current AC 1st Class fare between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, is Rs.2,200. This means, for the 508-km run between the two cities — via a dedicated, high-speed corridor — the fare will be around Rs.3,300.

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In Japan, a similar, 550-km run between Tokyo and Osaka on the Shinkansen, as the bullet train network there is called — and on which the Indian service is being modelled — costs around Rs.8,500.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said the first phase of the Indian network will have a maximum design speed of 350 km per hour and an operating speed of 320 km per hour.

The ministry expects around 36,000 daily users per day both ways by 2023, going up to 186,000 by 2053. “The total journey time of the fast train will be 2.07 hours and of trains stopping at each station will be 2.58 hrs,” Sinha said.

The ministry has planned a total of 12 stations for the train — Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. “The total completion cost will be approximately Rs.97,636 crore,” the minister said.

“Further, it has been decided to undertake a feasibility study between Delhi-Nagpur as part of the New Delhi-Chennai corridor through government-to-government cooperation with China,” he said in his answer to the question posed by G. Hari of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

In a debate in the Lok Sabha last week, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had brushed aside criticism of bullet trains being an expensive proposition for the country, saying the government had managed to secure a soft loan of Rs.1 lakh crore from Japan at a mere 0.1 percent interest.

“The technology to be used for bullet trains will help improve the services of normal trains and the integration of signalling system,” said Prabhu, wondering if a “deliberate misinformation” campaign was going on against the introduction of such trains.

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    CharlesWilliamMorganJr
    May 5, 2016 at 10:25 am
    The Railway Minister is correct in his suions about deliberate misinformation. Many people will fight progress and development, and prefer to live in the past rather than the future. The new high-speed rail line is a step in the right direction. Let us hope that planning and implementation can be accomplished quickly to connect the ten largest Indian metropolitan areas with each other by high-speed rail. International high-speed rail connections with all adjoining nations should quickly follow.
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      Deepak Singh
      May 4, 2016 at 12:56 pm
      RSS/BJP Chaddis including ministers are Fekus like Modi. It was calculated by IIM-A that to break even it needs 880,000 pengers per day. So from day one the poor people of India will be subsidizing the rich pengers of the bullet train- Gujarat model.
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        BharatK
        May 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm
        Still it is cheap. Go to Europe and see how much it costs to travel 500 km. Or even in China. They are more than 2-3 times than India.
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          Ind
          May 4, 2016 at 5:47 pm
          Atleast two decades for a bullet train in India provided everything is stable in unstable India. Better for India to build planes than bullet trains.
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            naresh
            May 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm
            It will be worth the ride as the train journey is far more pleasurable than the air travel. Moreover the stations will be closer to cities unlike the airports where you bleed through your nose to pay for transport to reach it.
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              RKJ
              May 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm
              you want to bring break even in one day?
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                Rajesh Asarpota
                May 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm
                Sure on the zeros? 880k?? A project cannot become a success overnight. It will take time. And this is a long term vision. You can also envisage people living in Ahmedabad or outside and working in other cities, simply due to the time factor. Think big..... Last this is better than supporting reservations, which cost 10 times more.. With no returns.
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                  Ramesh
                  May 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm
                  By the time the train is operational our inflation would reach that level.
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