外文标题：Modi's Japan visit could fast-track bullet train project
NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Prime Minister's Japan visit, railways is stepping up efforts to finalise Narendra Modi's pet project of running bullet trains on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor amid expectation that a way forward is likely to materialise during the high profile visit.
The bullet train is expected to run at a speed of 300 km per hour on the 534-km-long Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.
Japan is cooperating with India in implementation of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and involved in a study on the proposed high speed rail corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Currently Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), a Japan-based firm for the Metro-Link Express, and French railway are involved in the feasibility study of the Rs 62,000-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.
Though Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar declined to comment about the possibility of any agreement on Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed corridor to be signed between India and Japan during PM's visit from August 30, he indicated that the transporter has fast-tracked work on the prestigious project.
On the progress of the bullet train project, Kumar said, "JICA has already submitted the preliminary report last month and the second report with more details is expected anytime now. Then the third and final report will be submitted by June 15."
While the French report will mainly focus on business development model of the project, JICA study will cover the entire gamut including alignment, scheduling, tariff, technology, traffic, funding pattern, environment and social impact, passenger profile, number of stations etc.
JICA's first report was discussed in detail at the Board and now we are awaiting the next report, CRB said.
The rail budget has allocated Rs 100 crore for the preparatory work for the bullet train project. The allocated fund will be utilised for skill development in high speed train and studies on the proposed diamond quadrilateral project, he said.
Monica (New Delhi)
When the bullett trains run, please do not improt the Japanese bullet train fare. Eurpoean bullett trains fares are cheaper than the Japanese fares for equivalent distance.
lucky singla (Unknown)
just imagine the number of man hours it will save, the increase in productivity of an entire nation due to time saving
Vairagya Vedanta (Singapore)
Good step. But the rest of the Indian railways to needs a big time overhaul, especially in e-ticketing and increase in number of trains!
We do not need fast train, rather we need safe journey. We Indians have lots of time!
Monica (New Delhi) replies to Roushon
Japanese bullet trains are safe.
A BULLET TRAIN SHOULD START BETWEEN MUMBAI AND NAGPURIT WOULD END UP CROWD AT THE NAGPUR RAILWAY STATION. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT 300 K.M. PER HRS.IG MEANS IN THREE HRS INDIANS WILL TRAVEL BETWEEN NAGPUR AND MUMBAI.
vyakul2002 (saudi Arabia)
All trains must run not below 100km/hr and fast trains like Rajdhani, satabdi, Duronto, and other intercity fast trains must run minimum 200km/hr. Bullet train on selected routes
FAST & FURIOUS: Whao! The bullet train is expected to run at a speed of 300 km per hour on
vijay banga (new delhi)
This deal reeks of vested interests or why better proven products from China are being denied entry, it will not pay in the long run...
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ravi (Location) replies to vijay banga
better proven products frmo china??? he he he ...r u khangressi thief
SCL P (India)
With a fraction of the spend, all India network of railways can be upgraded to run 200 km/h trains, complete with tracks, signaling , locos and coaches.
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Rameshwar D Gupta (Lucknow)
The Project needs to be expedited so that it bears fruit before 2019
The Dust Buster (Mars)
Good a beginning is being made and wish that in the next 4-5 years we may have to say with pride something to talk about bullet trains .........
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Make haste slowly. Study the project from all angles since it's not only the initial cost but cost of maintenance for decades.
Bullet trains have no business , a blind man can assess it , What we need is just upgradation of our existing infrastructure so as our trains could run upto hundred and fifty KM Per hour , thus deliver an an average speed of 100 KM . Invest in Education plz .
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