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Everything you need to know about the new bullet train of India: 8 points

Everything you need to know about the new bullet train of India: 8 points

Everything you need to know about the new bullet train of India: 8 points

"This is the new India, and the flight of its dreams is endless. The bullet train project will bring speed and employment. It is human-friendly and eco-friendly." - Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor is under construction and will become India’s first high-speed rail line.

  1. This is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan’s Shinkansen Technology and is most likely to prove beneficial for both the nations. "A strong India is good for Japan, and a strong Japan is good for India … We are fully committed to supporting this initiative” said Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  2. Staying on his words of transforming India’s Railway system which carries more than 22 million passengers daily, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to invest billions of dollars in bullet trains and other advancements.

  3. The new train will carry 750 passengers and will run at an average speed of 250 kilometres per hour and a top speed of about 320 per hour, which is double the top speed of the fastest train in India.

  4. The construction of the corridor began on 14th September 2017 as per schedule and the first bullet train is scheduled to leave for its first run on 15th August, 2022. The corridor will use E5 Series Shinkansen and will be operated by JR East.

  5. This project is being claimed as virtually free of cost by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Japan has given a 50-year yen loan amounting to Rs. 88000 crore at 0.1% which is being considered as free of cost by our Prime Minister. However, it's worth thinking about India’s inflation rate and how rupee will depreciate in 50 years and India will end up paying much more than 880000 crore rupees.

  6. The Shinkansen means “new trunk line” and is the symbol of innovation and technological advancements in Japan after the devastation of the World War 2. The first Shinkansen line originated from Tokyo and whizzed past the vista of Mount Fuji to end in Osaka. There have been no cases of accidents in Japan leading to any fatalities in its 53-year journey.

  7. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad to attend a tro day annual summit between Japan & India. This was Abe’s fourth such meeting and 10th encounter with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 25 stages were decked up on the way from where Japanese PM was taken to the hotel. A dinner was also hosted for Abe and his wife at a terrace restaurant Hotel of Mangaldas & Girdhardas.

  8. There will be two type of bullet trains in the near future. One which will halt at four stops and the other which will have 12 stops. These 12 stops are – Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati. The train with 12 stops will take about 2 hours and 50 minutes to travel from Ahmedabad and Mumbai while the train with 4 stops will take just 2 hours and 7 minutes.

Questions are being raised on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the economic feasibility of this high-speed corridor and how India will repay such a big amount of loan costing to Rs. 88000 + interest; considering India’s current debt amount of $ 975,763,408,071 according to National Debt Clocks.

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