Bullet Train Revolution In India

The bullets have always been on a trend, especially here in India, be it a gunshot bullet, or a Royal Enfield followed by the bullet train now. For us, this is the best innovation at present in the Indian locomotive.

Gone are the days where one enjoys sitting in a train and enjoying the view from the train window. Barring a few places, where that view could really be an eye catcher, no such beautiful places really exist during the train journey. Nobody is truly interested in sitting next to people who would happily lean on you, the entire journey, for no good reason. Speaking of the view outside the train, it won't be too long when you finally get bored of the theory of antonymous trees moving backwards or you moving forward.

So, the only thing that one can ever wish for is, the journey to end soon and reach the desired place in no time. Well, practically speaking, "no time" cannot be possible at present, so for the partial relief, we are finally been progressed to the faster version of the train, THE BULLETS, which would not only reduce our journey time but also has a capability to accommodate a huge number of people.

With the creditable working of Make in India concept, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set for another plan, worth waiting for. With all the other replacement of obsolete and obstructive framework of the past with the transparent and user-friendly system that contributes to major factors including drive investment, foster innovation, develop skills, protect Intellectual Property and build best in class manufacturing infrastructure,  it's time to launch a new theme to this advancement.  The Indian embassies and consulates have also been communicated to circulate information on the potential for investment in the identified sectors. DIPP has set up a special management team to facilitate and fast-track investment proposals from Japan, the team was known as ‘Japan Plus’ has been under the operation.

The honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe launched the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project in the Gujrat city. It is mentioned by Modi, that the bullet train will go from Aapnu Amdavad to Aamchi Mumbai. By 15th August 2022, it is expected that the speed rail project will carry the operations successfully. 

Keeping in view, those conflicts between India and Japan, that took quite a column on the cover and covered pages of every newspaper, the relation between India and Japan have been similar to that of a forcefully married couple, where one couldn't be happily settled nor can file a divorce. Hard to believe, but truly,  80% of the project is being funded by Japan. The Japanese Government will be providing India with a soft loan of 80,000 crores at the minuscule interest rate of 0.1% with the repayment period of 50 years and the repayment period beginning 15 years after receiving it.

It is officially declared by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that this project will be completed by 15th August 2022 which would be the 75th year of Independence.

This new technology is sure to bring a new and improved transformation and revolution in the Indian railways.

Speaking of its basic features, the passengers will be provided with two options for its speeding, which are, high speed and rapid high speed. Though the actual speeds won't be altered, i.e., they would run at the same speeds which would be approximately 350km/hr. The only thing that differs would be the number of stations they would halt it. The high-speed trains would halt at almost every station a common mail halts at whereas the rapid high-speed trains would only halt at the major stations. The high-speed Ahmedabad-Mumbai train will halt at all 10 stations on the proposed high speed, while the rapid high-speed train is proposed to halt at a few stations only.

Thus the time taken to travel the same distance at same speeds would differ by an hour or so. Thus, one can easily choose their preference accordingly. NHSRC(National High-Speed Rail Corporation) is yet to finalise the fair fare amount, but a rough estimation is generalised by the officials and that would be 1.5 times the first class AC fare of trains running on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. The first class AC mail costs over 1,800-3,000. So the probable fare price would be ranging from 3,000-5,000 depending upon the speed of the train and the time of the booking.

This figure is close to what the airlines charge for the flight between Mumbai and Ahmedabad which is 3,000-5,000. Though a railway board official, said," It is too early to decide the fare structure, but the fares will definitely be higher than the first AC fare of mail express. Fare structure of Rajdhani and Duronto is also being considered.” 

Keeping aside the fare issues, the better part is each high-speed train will have ten cars. The Times Of India confirms that Ten carriages would be present and a capacity to accommodate 750 people though some sources say, 6 more cars will be added further and its capacity would increase to 1,250 people. Initially, 35 bullets are expected to operate and by 2050, the number is more likely to go up to 105.

According to initial estimates, around 1.6 crore people are expected to travel annually by the bullet train and within 30 years almost 1.6 lakh commuters will be travelling in the high-speed train on the daily basis. 24 Bullet trains will be imported from Japan, the rest are said to be manufactured in India itself. The primary objective is to ameliorate the "Make In India" project set by PM Modi and the transfer of technology.  

These trains can be very useful for the Indian economy as well as our technological advancement in fields of the locomotive. It would provide jobs to almost 15 lakh people all over India claims Indian Government. About 40,000 technical staff of the bullet train project will be properly trained in a High-Speed Rail Training Institute. Being more courteous to India, the government of Japan has also offered training of Indian Railways officials in Japan and full-funded seats for the Master's course in the universities of Japan for the people.  “Some of the new areas where construction skills would be developed are ballast-less track, undersea tunnel etc,” says the government, adding that a dedicated High-Speed Rail Training Institute is being developed at Vadodara.

PM Narendra Modi says In Indian railway network is so huge that the number of people travelling in trains every week in India is equal to Japan’s total population. So far the list of its new features have increased to a much higher amount and have been the new ideas of innovation. It is reported that Shinkansen bullet train for India will have two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers, multi-purpose room for breastfeeding and sick passengers, wall-mounted type urinals, baby toilet seats and western style toilets.  

So far, it has been a big push for the make in India initiative as Integrated transport is a big need for 'New India' and would also help in the economic growth of the country.

The first bullet is to run in India is on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route which extends to about 508km. This railway will only require around 825hectares of land for the project as 90% of the route will be elevated to 18 metres for most of its route to ensure that the trains run along the existing routes,  8% will go through tunnels and only remaining 2% will be on the ground. It will be crossing the India's longest tunnel i.e., 21km long and will be dug between Boisar and BKC  in Mumbai. According to sources 7% of this tunnel and approximately 40kms would be under the sea between Thane and Vasai. 

On the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, 12 stations have been proposed: Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.

The security of this train would also be well maintained in case of any natural calamity such as an earthquake Though this new concept of Make In India is incredibly awesome and beneficial at most aspects but critics to have their long list to go where "the funds for the bullet train project could have been better utilised to revamp the ailing Indian Railways, which has witnessed various setbacks in the form of derailments and accidents in the past" fits in the top, but who can deny, the perks of the bullet are sure to overcome all the admonishment set by the critics.  etc. Modi government hopes that with this technology, India will leapfrog to the cutting edge of latest train developments.


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