India to Buy 18 Bullet Trains From Japan For Rs 7,000 Crore

A tender will soon be floated in the market to procure the high-speed train. The Japanese manufacturers who are invited to participate in the tender will follow the Japan Railways design.

Published: September 5, 2018 12:36 PM IST

By India.com Business Desk | Edited by Kanimozhi Sudhakar

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New Delhi: India will buy 8 bullet train sets from Japan at a total cost of Rs 7,000 crore. The seller will supply all the technology required for production to India, stated an official to The Economic Times.

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By the end of 2020, India is likely to get its first bullet train that will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Moreover, the country is already building a high-speed 508-km corridor with special assistance from Japan.

The official reportedly said, ” We’ll be getting 18 Shinkansen train sets from Japan,” adding that “Each train will have 10 coaches and would be able to cruise at the speed of 350 km per hour.”

A tender will soon be floated in the market to procure the high-speed train. The Japanese manufacturers who are invited to participate in the tender will follow the Japan Railways design.

The official also said that introducing bullet trains in India will make train travel a secure experience similar to the bullet train rides in Japan. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad route trains will have the first-class compartment, offering facilities that are available in flights. The trains are expected to be used by over 18,000 passengers and the fare is less than Rs 3,000 between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in economy class.

The bullet train assembling facility in India will be soon set up by the Indian Railways on a public-private participation (PPP) basis, according to The Economic Times report. The official reportedly said that Japanese technology such as Kawasaki and Hitachi is likely to set up additional facilities in India. The official added, “We’ll be inviting bids to set up an assembling plant here in India as well under the Make in India programme.”

Land acquisition has been a major reason for the delay in the project. The Indian Railways will acquire the land by December 2018 and the entire bullet train corridor will cover 350 km in Gujarat and 150 km in Maharashtra and run across 12 stations.

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Published Date: September 5, 2018 12:36 PM IST