The Centre is conducting a detailed study to assess the feasibility of setting up bullet train network in other parts of the country, Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi said in Rajya Sabha. Currently, the Centre has sanctioned Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project. It is targeted to be completed in 2023.
- Angadi said during the Question Hour,”A detailed study is going on through out the country…We can examine (to set up a network) once we get the report.”
- He said, once current project is successful, the Centre can think of launching it on routes like Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Mumbai and other cities.
- The Bullet Train Project is being implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 1,08,000 crore by a SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) with the financial and technical assistance from Japan government, the Minister said in written reply.
- Around Rs 3,226.8 crore expenditure has been incurred up to June 2019 on this project, the Minister said.
- He added,”Bullet train or High Speed Rail Projects are highly capital and technology intensive, and therefore, their proposals for other sections are subject to technical feasibility, financial and economic viability and availability of funding.”
- On land acquisition in Gujarat and Maharashtra for the project, the Minister said, “In Gujarat, 297 villages are coming on this line. More than 97% farmers in Gujarat have given consent.
- The project involves a tunnel of 21 km including seven km under sea tunnel.
- To a suggestion that it would have been better if the government made huge investment in education and health instead of high speed train, the Minister said: “Bullet train is for the future. What has been thought as luxury yesterday is a necessity now.”
- The NHSRCL is implementing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) corridor project.
- The total length of proposed High Speed Rail Corridor works out to be 508.17km.
- Out of 508.17km, 155.642 km of the proposed alignment falls in Maharashtra, 350.530 km in Gujarat and 2 km in UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
- The High Speed Rail Corridor has been proposed with 12 Stations i.e. Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand/Nadia, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
- The operating speed of the bullet train would be 320 kmph and the maximum speed would be 350 kmph.
- 24 train sets have been planned for procurement from Japan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project.
- Of the total cost, 81% price will be funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
- The project is targeted to be completed by 2023.