India’s first bullet train corridor may be world’s cheapest high-speed service

The corridor is expected to have around 10 stations, and is supposed to cost Rs 98,000 crore.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: June 4, 2015 9:20 am
bullet train, Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, India first bullet train, bullet train fare, bullet train charges, india news, nation news By keeping the fares low, the bullet train will be able to steer clear of a fare war with airlines, while also retaining the existing business of higher-class railway travel.

India’s first bullet train corridor, between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, could turn out to be the cheapest high-speed train service in the world.

The Japanese team working on its feasibility study has worked out its “fare box revenue” model, according to which the bullet train fare will be just one-and-a-half times more than the AC-I fares of other trains on the same route.

According to this model, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train fare works out to about Rs 2,800, calculated on the basis of the current AC-I train fare of Rs 1,895. Currently, trains on this route take about eight hours for the 534-km journey. The bullet train is expected to take less than two hours.

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Japan’s Tohoku Shinkansen (Hayabusa trains) charges about Rs 8,000 for a 713-km ride on the Tokyo-Shin-Aomori sector. A second class ticket on China’s Jinghu High Speed Railway for the Beijing-Shanghai route costs over Rs 5,000.

In India, initial estimates a few years ago had pegged the fare for this corridor to be in the same range. Officials, however, said the latest study of the possible fare model gives a more realistic picture.

The report is likely to be submitted to the Railways Ministry in July. The Japanese team carried out a survey of people travelling on the proposed corridor, asking them how much they would like to pay for a bullet train service with a speed of about 320 kmph. Apart from the complex mathematics of the fare box revenue model, the feedback obtained from the people was also factored in while calculating the likely fare, said sources.

As per the team’s estimates, about 40,000 people are going to use the corridor every day by 2023 — when the bullet train service is expected to begin. The AC-1 fares for this sector in 2023 would serve as the reference for the bullet train fares.

The study found that pricing the tickets any higher would make the flights a more attractive option, and any lower would not support the maximum revenue generation. By keeping the fares low, the bullet train will be able to steer clear of a fare war with airlines, while also retaining the existing business of higher-class railway travel.

The corridor is expected to have around 10 stations, and is supposed to cost Rs 98,000 crore, after factoring in inflation and taxes. Work on the corridor is expected to be completed about eight years after it is commissioned.

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    Chandrashekhar Acharya
    Apr 21, 2016 at 4:25 am
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      Hans Pond
      Aug 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm
      The distance between Beijing-Shanghai is 1300 km, 2.6 times longer. So in reality the fare per km will be 40% higher than China.
      1. D
        Jul 30, 2015 at 8:28 am
        98000 crore ki lagat h ess project m... Agr ye sare rupey dam banane.... Bade naale bnaane.. . M use kiye hote to aaj India paani m duba huaa nhi hota.. ... Kher India is the best..... Bade logo ko bullet train mubark Orr chotte logo ko barish ka ye paani jo gharo m.... Bin bulaye mehman ki trh aa gya h.... Vo mubark....... Happy maansun.... . ...
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          Uttam Kumar
          Jul 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm
          India's wonderful dream
          1. A
            Jun 4, 2015 at 9:03 am
            We dont have meagre sums for railway unmanned crossings and 98000 crores spent for single corridor.. Safety shd come first
            1. K
              Jun 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm
              The comment down below shows the socialistic crab mentality that is the greatest gift of 57 years of Congress rule... it seems nobody wants to prosper, and still we want to express surprise when brain drain take place. When Mmodi said everyone was ashamed to be Indian, its specifically this mentality he was referring to... Congress supporters just one thing you explain - in last 57 years, in what socialist work did Congress spend its all so-called saved money? India, according to your own comments, is still this dump of excreta where there is a big lot of potion reeling under poverty...
              1. A
                Jun 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm
                jai hind
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                  Sumesh Bhaskaran
                  Jun 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm
                  Definitely, this will be under private sector. Then why all are worried about expenditure.
                  1. B
                    Jun 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm
                    Still we will be happy if BLR-MUM train time is reduced from prsent 24hrs to 18 hrs for the thousand km by medium speed train of 160km/hr. Likewise elsewhere.
                    1. A
                      Jun 11, 2015 at 7:28 pm
                      Dream on India!
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                        D.B. SHARMA
                        Jun 4, 2015 at 7:50 pm
                        no issue all must welcome , instead thousands bribe to babus
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                          ASHOK KUMAR
                          Jun 25, 2015 at 4:55 pm
                          Can we also run a bullet rickshaw or taxi or bus to reach Railway Stations.
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                            Dr. Sonali
                            Jun 5, 2015 at 3:24 am
                            I hope it is efficient and keeps running on time also. Sets an example of speed and time management.
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                              Indraj Kumar
                              Jun 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm
                              India's first highspeed(320 km/h) train connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad. RS 2800 for 534 km with 10 stations for a bullet train. 5.24 RS per km.
                              1. G
                                Jun 4, 2015 at 2:04 pm
                                India does not need bullet trains. Present infrastructure should be improved.
                                1. G
                                  Dec 29, 2015 at 5:50 am
                                  This article simply states that fare will be Rs 2800 based upon ist AC fare of ordinary trains. What about economic viability of the project ? Why a 2nd ac or 3rd ac penger will switch over to bullet train by paying much more ? I billet trains are made affordable by subsidising the fare , it will be foolish as it will amount to giving subsidy to the rich at the cost of poor.
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                                    MK Gautam
                                    Jun 4, 2015 at 6:24 pm
                                    Cheapest and unsafe ?? We dont need bullet train now. First we should have improve our infrastructure of existing railway network.
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                                      HR SINGH
                                      Jun 4, 2015 at 7:26 am
                                      why not to spend Rs 98000 Crores in providing providing better facilities like one seat per person instead of travelling on rooftops and hanging on the doors.
                                      1. W
                                        Jun 4, 2015 at 7:00 am
                                        Wow..if this is a successful launch, it will compete with the airlines..less than 2 hours from Ahmedabad to Bombay!!!!!
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                                          H K
                                          Jun 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm
                                          happiness in life is inversely relatedto speed of travel. Walking is best.
                                          1. J
                                            Jun 4, 2015 at 8:18 am
                                            He needs Diapers!!
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