Date of Post: 06 Sep, 2018
New Delhi: India is planning to buy 18 bullet trains from Japan for about Rs 7,000 crore in a deal which includes transfer technology for local production, according to a report. An official was quoted in the report saying,“We’ll be getting 18 Shinkansen train sets from Japan.” Each bullet train will have 10 coaches and would be able to cruise at the speed of 350 kmph, the official added.
- The government will soon float a tender to procure high-speed trains, The Economic Times reported.
- The official added, Japanese bullet trains are considered to be the safest in the world and those imported will have automatic protection systems to ensure safety.
- Simultaneously, Indian Railways will start working towards setting up a bullet train assembling facility in India on a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) basis.
- The official told the paper,“We’ll be inviting bids to set up an assembling plant here in India as well under the Make in India programme.”
- Japanese companies such as Kawasaki and Hitachi may set up facilities in the country, the official added.
- The move comes as India is working on its first bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, which is likely to commence by the end of 2022.
- The railways 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.
- Indian Railways hopes to acquire the required land for the bullet train project before the December 2018 deadline so that the construction work begins from January.
- Initially, the bullet train would have 10 coaches with a total seating capacity of 750 passengers.
- Later, it is proposed to have 16 coaches with a seating capacity of 1,250 passengers.
- The train would have two categories of seats – executive and economy – with the prices comparable with the base AC 2- tier fare of the Rajdhani Express.
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