New Delhi: India’s first bullet train which will run from Surat to Billimora in Gujarat in the next four years, that is, in 2022. The bullet train is scheduled to be completed before the targetted commissioning of the 508-kilometre corridor in 2023. The hi-speed train will cover the 48-kilometre long stretch in nearly 15 minutes.

As per reports, the route for the bullet train to run has been selected considering the construction point of view. Kicking off the project on other stretches would have taken a lot of time, said officials at the National High-Speed Rail Corporation. Not only this, the bullet train project will also see the construction of a high-speed training institute which will train around 1,500 Indian officials on a short-term basis and another 60 have received training for a long-term basis.

The Rs 600 crore project of building the institute is of paramount importance considering the agreement with the Japanese. Continuous training of manpower in the technical efficiency of the Shinkansen technology is essential to run the system smoothly. At least 3,500 men need to be fully trained by the year 2023 so that they are ready with adequate skills. By 2023, around 3,500 manpower needs to be ready with adequate skills so that the system can roll out. The five-hectare campus in the heart of Vadodara will be commissioned by 2020.

“We’re on schedule and start from two floors in February,” said Pradeep Ahirkar, Chief Project Manager (Vadodara), NHSRCL.

The Shinkansen or the bullet train which runs at 320km per hour is known for zero accident. In its five decades of operations, not a single accident has occurred.