Date Of Post: 20 Apr, 2018
Ahmedabad: The construction work on country’s ambitious bullet train project between Mumbai & Ahmedabad will begin in January 2019. The land acquisition for the project will be completed by 2018-end. Estimated to cost Rs 1.08 lakh crore, the 508 km long project is expected to become operational by 2022.
- The railways will require around 825 hectares of land for the project as 92% of the route will be elevated, 6% would go through tunnels and only the remaining 2% would be on the ground.
- Moreover, the land acquisition process is already underway in Mumbai.
- The country’s first bullet train will run at a maximum speed of 350 kmph, covering the stretch in under 3 hours from the usual 7.
- The train will halt at 12 stations, out of which 4 will be in Maharashtra.
- Of the total Rs 1.08 lakh crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore at a minimal interest of 0.1% for 50 years and the repayment will begin only after 15 years.
- The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train will have 10 coaches, a seating capacity of 750 passengers.
- The foundation stone for the Bullet Train project was laid on September 14, 2017, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
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