Building and Construction

India Agrees to $17b Bullet Train Project

14 September 2017

In 2016, Abe and Modi rode a bullet train together in Japan.In 2016, Abe and Modi rode a bullet train together in Japan.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for a bullet-train stretch in India between Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Mumbai in Maharashtra.

The $16.9 billion project will mostly be funded through a 50-year loan from Japan at a 0.1 percent annual interest rate. Once completed in 2022, the line is expected to cut the 500-kilometer trip between the two cities from eight hours to three hours.

The route will have 12 stations and will include a 7 km undersea tunnel. The trains will have a top speed of up to 350 km per hour, more than double that of India’s fastest trains.

The government is reportedly firming plans for a similar project between New Delhi and Amritsar via Chandigarh.

India will be the first country to import the Shinkansen bullet-train technology after Taiwan.

Set up in 1853, the 164-year-old Indian Railways is the world’s fourth-largest railway network and India’s largest employer with 1.4 million people. It operates 19,000 trains—12,000 passenger and 7,000 freight—daily.

The government of Narendra Modi is promising to invest more than $130 billion to modernize the railway infrastructure.

To contact the author of this article, email david.wagman@ieeeglobalspec.com


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Re: India Agrees to $17b Bullet Train Project
#1
2017-Sep-14 12:13 PM

At $36,000,000 per kilometer I sure hope that includes about 500 bullet train engines, passenger cars, and stations!?

Another transport for the wealthy funded by the public?

Westerners

Re: India Agrees to $17b Bullet Train Project
#3
In reply to #1
2017-Sep-15 1:25 PM

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of Indians starving to death each day, with not a cent to be spent improving water qualty, sanitation conditions, etc., ???

Where is their logic???

Re: India Agrees to $17b Bullet Train Project
#2
2017-Sep-15 12:36 PM

After the system is up and running, I wouldn't be surprised if layoff notices are sent out to 1.3 million of the 1.4 million employees.

Re: India Agrees to $17b Bullet Train Project
#4
2017-Sep-15 5:09 PM

Slum Dog Express

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