New Delhi, September 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for the high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022. The train would cover the distance of over 500 km in around two hours.
The inauguration ceremony will be held at the athletics ground near Sabarmati railway station. The project, jointly undertaken by state-owned Indian Railways and Japan International Cooperation Agency, would cover a stretch of 550-km between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Some interesting facts about the train:
- The 508-km-long Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed rail Project (Standard Gauge) is estimated to cost Rs 1,10,000 crore on completion. Out of the Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore. The interest on this loan is minimal at 0.1 per cent and it is to be repaid in 50 years, with a grace period of 15 years.
- The train will start underground from the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai and travel 21 kms through a tunnel, seven km of which will be under the sea, before emerging over ground at Thane.
- 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 train is expected to ferry nearly 700 passengers in one round and would make around 70 sorties per day.
- 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.
- If the bullet train will stop at all 12 stations, then it will cover the distance in two hours and fifty-eight minutes.
- The bullet train will run at an average speed of 320 km per hour with a maximum speed of 350 km per hour.
- About 825 hectares of land would be acquired for the high speed rail, an official said,
- The Centre is confident of starting the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train on August 15, 2022 to commemorate the 75th year of India’s Independence, a senior official said.
With inputs from Agencies