Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PM of Japan Abe Shinzo laid the foundation stone of India’s most awaited Bullet Train project Mumbai to Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Station ground.
The project will be build at an estimated cost of 1.10 lakh crore. Out of 1.10 lakh crore, 80% of the total funding which is equal to Rs, 88,000 crore will be provided as soft loan at interest of 0.1% per annum by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Rest of the amount will be contributed by India. India will have to pay the loan in 50 years with 15 years as grace period.
The project will be completed till 2022.
Speed of Bullet Train:
The train will run at a speed of 320 Kph and will cover the 508 Km route in just 2.58 hours. Right now normal speed trains usually takes 7 to 8 hours to complete this amount of distance. Not only this, there will also be a rapid speed mode under which train will run more fast and will cover the distance in just 2.07 hours.
Route of Bullet Train:
The route of the train will be total 508 Km long between Mumbai to Ahmedabad from from Sabarmati (Gujarat) to Bandra (Mumbai, Maharashtra). The train will cover 12 stations in the way which are Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
Out of total 508 Km route, 471 Km route will be 18 metres above the ground to make sure that the train does not disrupt the existing routes of railway. The remaining 37 km includes 7 km undersea stretch between Thane and Vasai and 15 km underground route in Mumbai.