India will not only get its first bullet train in coming year’s but it will give an extra thrill riding underwater. Yes you have read it right! bullet train riding underwater.
Mumbai and Ahmedabad are soon going to be connected by a bullet train which will cover a distance of 508 km in about 2 hours with a top speed of 350 km/hour. As per the report by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency ) the last leg of the journey from Thane to Virar a stretch of 21 km will go under the sea through a tunnel and the rest of the line would be constructed on an elevated track. . This is also the first time a rail track is to be constructed underwater in India. The bullet train corridor will be built with the joint efforts of the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) and Japan.
According to the reports the project is estimated to cost around ₹ 97,636 crore, 81% of which will come from the funding obtained through a soft loan or 50 years at 0.1 per cent annual interest from Japan. The loan agreement also states that signalling, power systems, and other equipment will be imported from Japan. The agreement will be signed towards the end of the year and construction is expected to begin by the end of the year 2018.
Though the officials say the construction will start by end of 2018 only time will tell if we can start this ambitious plan on time. This is a huge step in Transforming India and the national transport industry will benefit hugely from this.