New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will on Thursday lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project, connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad, in Ahmedabad, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday.
“The commencement of work on the country’s first High-Speed Rail (Bullet train) project will begin on September 14 in Ahmedabad,” Goyal told media persons, adding that the bullet train technology would “revolutionise and transform the transport sector”.
“This will be a historical moment as India will get it first bullet train,” he said.
The 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project will entail an estimated cost of Rs.1,10,000 crore.
Of the 508-km stretch, 92 per cent of the route will be elevated; six per cent in tunnel and the rest two per cent will be on the ground.
That is, 508 km stretch will have 468 km of elevated track, 27 km inside tunnel and the remaining 13 km on the ground.
The high-speed train will also pass through the country’s biggest tunnel of 21 km, of which seven km will be under the sea.
On the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, total 12 stations have been proposed that include Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati.
The distance of 508 km will be covered in two hours and seven minutes by the bullet train if it stops at four stations namely Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, and Mumbai.
According to railway ministry officials, the operating speed of the bullet train will be 320 kilometers per hour and maximum speed will be 350 kilometers per hour.
If the bullet train will stop at all 12 stations, then it will cover the distance in two hours and fifty-eight minutes.
In a day, the high-speed train will make 70 Ahmedabad-Mumbai sorties.