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Published on : Thursday, September 14, 2017
This new high speed railway line will extend for 508 kilometers between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the largest city of western India, cutting the travel time down from eight hours to two or three hours, depending on the type of service chosen.
The train will run at 320 km/h (max speed: 350 km/h), and it make about 70 trips per day, and go through a 27 kilometer long tunnel, of which 7 kilometers will be under the sea, which is resonating to a far higher degree than in countries who have been doing this for decades.
The total cost of this high speed rail line is estimated to be around $17 billion, with over 80% of it coming from Japan in the form of an extremely friendly loan. Japan is granting the loan with having 0.1% interest rate over a 50-year repayment cycle that’s topped off with a 15 year grace period.
Along with financing the bulk of the project and providing the knowledge with the formation of high speed rail networks, Japan, reportedly, also intends to transfer their high speed railway technology to India.
While the first set of rolling stock will come from Japan, the ones following are slated to be manufactured in India, positioning the economic giant of South Asia as a potential developer of high speed railway technology.
China and Japan are presently facing the opposite international relations in forefront of high-speed rail development. These two nations are developing their high speed rail networks and both are competing for contracts to build new high speed lines and supply the rolling stock all over Asia and even into Europe.
This high speed railway network will give an opportunity to foster the trade and commerce in India and develop its business in the regions of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Pune.