NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Railways has proposed a tariff for the upcoming bullet train service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad that will be 1.5 times more than the first class AC fare prevailing now, parliament was informed on Wednesday.
In Duronto Express, for example, the current AC 1st Class fare between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, is Rs.2,200. This means, for the 508-km run between the two cities -- via a dedicated, high-speed corridor -- the fare will be around Rs.3,300.
In Japan, a similar, 550-km run between Tokyo and Osaka on the Shinkansen, as the bullet train network there is called -- and on which the Indian service is being modelled -- costs around Rs.8,500.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said the first phase of the Indian network will have a maximum design speed of 350 km per hour and an operating speed of 320 km per hour.
The ministry expects around 36,000 daily users per day both ways by 2023, going up to 186,000 by 2053. "The total journey time of the fast train will be 2.07 hours and of trains stopping at each station will be 2.58 hrs," Sinha said.
Gouranga Charan Pradhan
Its nonsense to cite Japanese fare price as an comparison with the Indian fare for its like comparing an apple with an orange. But i think 3.3K INR might be a competitive price to pull passengers to Shinkansen, especially if you consider the hassles involved in taking a flight.
nevr old karunanidhi
for some people time is money. they won''t mind paying.
lets see how many can and will like to afford this luxury in a rather conservative n poor India ! we already have many first class AC going rather unoccupied anyway !
It is OK if its less that air fare
meanwhile flight fare is 1600
we need more regular trains and not bullet trains...
The bullet train concept must be realized. It will surely enhance existing technology and provide better options to the passengers.
Fuman Chu Chu
It is actually meant for the Adani/Ambanis families and friends, so don''t worry about the fare as ?8500/- is chump change for these guys. The other one from Delhi to Nagpur is meant for the Chaddis and they get to ride for free but you guys can wave at it for free.
lol only foreigners will be able to travel with it,most indians will only wave at it lol
Safety should be the basic issue here,rather than the price
Waiting to sit on one of them..please hurry up...
how does it make sense to compare indian fare and japanese fare when the currency isnt the same?!?!?!? are the times'' journalists so naive?!?!?