China on Thursday flagged off its much talked about high-speed bullet trains linking Beijing and Shanghai ahead of friday’s 90th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).
The train cuts the travel time of the 1,318-km route to just 5 hours, half of what it took previously.
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao travelled by the first train to Shanghai after formally flagging if off in Beijing.
The train links China’s prosperous Pan-Bohai and Yangtze River Delta economic zones, cutting the train-travel time between the two cities to under five hours.
The bullet trains were currently being operated between several Chinese cities. However, Beijing-Shanghai covers the longest distance.
The Beijing-Shanghai train track was laid at the cost 215 billion yuan ($32.5 billion). A one-way ticket on this route will cost $63-270. It is expected to carry 80 million passengers a year.
The train travels at a maximum operating speed of about 300 kph (185 mph) instead of originally targeted 350 kph (216 mph) for safety reasons.
The train was also launched amid reports that the costs involved in running high speed trains, which also needed special tracks were driving the railway into heavy debt.
China has the world’s longest high-speed rail (HSR) network with about 8,358 kilometres of routes in service as of January 2011 including 2,197 km (1,365 mi) of rail lines with top speeds of 350 km/h (220 mph).
Write ups in official media in Beijing quoted the National Audit Office, as saying that the Railway Ministry was burdened with 1.3 trillion yuan ($200 billion) in debt in 2009 due to expenditure being incurred on the high speed tracks.
The Chinese government is going ahead with massive expansion of the high speed trains with new plans to expand the network to 13,000 km of track this year and 16,000 km by 2020.
The trains are also putting pressure on country’s domestic airlines forcing to radically slash their ticket fares.
The electric bullet train, CRH-380A has been designed by China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Limited (CSR) and manufactured by CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co.
CRH-380A is one of the four Chinese train series, which have been designed to run at an operating speed of 380 km/hr (236 mph) on newly constructed high-speed railway network.
By 2012, China will have more high-speed train tracks than the rest of the world.
China has plans to extend its high speed rail network to northern Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
China also has ambitious plans to extend its high-speed rail network to Europe.
by Dipak Bose (View MyPage) on Aug 01, 2011 11:31 AMThese Chinese trains are all Made in Japan by Kawasaki company.China cannot make even an umbrella or a shoe properly.
well, I LOVE the DURANTO
by Eshwar Kosaraju (View MyPage) on Jul 09, 2011 09:45 PM
Why should we have such high speed trains in India? If it derails (which is often the case), there is this extra aspect of providing compensation and all other things that goes with it…we don’t want high speed trains…we are satisfied with what we have…duranto is the way to go!
indian fastest train
by email@example.com (View MyPage) on Jul 03, 2011 06:58 PM
indian fastest train can reach a speed of 150KMPH,half of the chinese bullet train,so indian railway is not so bad as you thought.
indians are great
by Roshan (View MyPage) on Jul 03, 2011 05:26 PM
We are simply great, we never get jealous about our neighbours’ growth, we are so great.
India & China
by Ramachandran (View MyPage) on Jul 03, 2011 05:19 PM
Indians have full confidence in their mouth., Chinese have full confidence in the heart
Coming to New Delhi soon!
by shiva (View MyPage) on Jul 03, 2011 11:30 AM
Hope they extend this servive to our capital, but with our permission! China already has offered to run their train services through South East Asia right upto Singapore! Also, soon enough to Europe!
by big Joke (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 07:55 PM | Hide replies
In Yangtze Delta of china, over 800,000 professional jobs opening potentially for indians too. Those jobs are for every professional field…
English is must, and BS degree is min. 5-year or more working experience is plus!
Average pay for foriegners professional there is ranged US$30,000 – $150,000 per year.
Yangtze Delta consist of 14 cities, including Shanghai. The Yangtze Delta economy is about size of Germany economy. Good luck!
BTW, many many job openings in Pearl River Delta too. The Pearl River Delta economy is close to the France economy size. Contact your local international job agents for details..
Other places are the China’s Bohai rim, where lots of foriegners work there too…
Lots of opportinuities there. Today, Bohai rim economy devleoped so fast of which the economy is close to India GDP.
Some places, not as developed as above, but with highest growth rate and for sure will double next 5 – 10 years. Such as called CHAMPS (Chongqing, Hefei, Anshan, Maanshan, Pingdingshan and Shenyang). Good opportinuity there.
All smart Indians, it is time to think this before you go aboard. US is no longer an ideal place to go…
Go youtube search “China: Internship” learn how to start…
Re: commercial break
by Dipak Bose (View MyPage) on Aug 01, 2011 11:35 AM
What labguage do you speak in China, not English, which no body speaks.
How can an Indian survive in China?
What to eat? friend snake, or cockroaches or entrails of pigs. There is not a single vegetarian food in China. They do not drink milk.
Chinese consider Indians as barbarians; they are much more racists than anyone else in the World.
USA is heaven compare to China.
by Pawan (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 03:45 PM
Get Rid of Gandhi family & congress
And the country will progress
by Raghavan (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:53 PM | Hide replies
So long dummy prime minister is in our country the country will not at all develop. If at all I will born in my next birth I want to born in China which I have prayed the God. It is developing like anything and the US has also pointed out recently that China will be the No.1 in the world in the coming future for its developmental activities. Here the old aged politicians neither they want to leave the chair nor keeping mum and usefully thinking how to accumulate wealth/money for their future generations. When this kind of thinking is here the country will not develop and every where the naxals activity will be growing.
indian bullet train
by veerapuram dharan (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:50 PM | Hide replies
the first indian bullet train gets flagged off from kanyakumari to kashmir.first it reaches trivandrum. when it is about to leave,students and police clash and because of stone throwing, it gets delayed for an hour.next destination is bangalore.
no sooner it reaches bangalore, the driver notices kumaraswamy and devegowda squatting on tracks.they accuse that yeddy is carrying illegal cash in that train.another hour delay. then it leaves for chennai.
again hartals as karuna is blocking the track to ensure kani’s release from tihar. huh..next destination hyderabad. the great patriot kcr is not allowing it to move until telangana is formed..next it reaches mumbai.senaites are demanding jobs for mumbaikars and another delay.
then it covers MP,chattisgarh and naxals keep bombs on tracks..after its cleared,it is destined for orissa,where anti posco activists are eagerly awaiting to welcome it(did i really mean)..another hour delay and then it proceeds to bengal,where one could see huge crowds and leading them is didi..
when the train driver asks her , madam, u have become the CM now,whats the need to protest and against whom?didi says,driverji, i went for a morning walk but people thought that i am leading a protest and thats y the crowd..they are habituated in the last 6 years or so..
the train proceeds to maya land..one beautiful woman passenger screams and before someone could realise shes been raped…another delay…the driver is fed up and req his boss for sabatical..
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by big Joke (View MyPage) on Jul 03, 2011 06:31 AM
if this is reality in india, then forget about bullet train….
Re: indian bullet train
by Pawan (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 03:51 PM
good…..sad its reality
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by Anu Mohan (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 02:00 PM
nice real little story … good effort … the story is fit to be published in a national newspaper column
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by veerapuram dharan (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 02:10 PM
thanks..i have penned the frustration of the majority of our countrymen..hope things turn around..
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by Ramachandran (View MyPage) on Jul 03, 2011 05:17 PM
good one!..sad to feel our foolishness!
Privatize the High speed trains
by TRILOK MEHTA (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:47 PM | Hide replies
1)First it was Tele Communications – Now nobody cares for BSNL
2) Next was Airlines – indian Airlines boho Bhav khata tha.
3)Third is Road transport. Lal Bus may jake peeth dukhta tha
4) Time for railways to privatize to give professional fast service.
5) LPG gas connection is also next in Line.
High Speed may require – almost flat terrian
where sharp curves is limitation- So Tunnels, Viaducts(bridges over lands) is a must
Re: Privatize the High speed trains
by Ajhay waghmare (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:52 PM
Infratrusture requires Land Aquisition, there comes Vote bank politics
Navi Mumbai Airport
Sewree Uran – Sea link
Jaitapur Power project
the list can go on on…
Ours is democracy to its EXTREME
by indian (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:33 PM
awesome…thats the only word to say…
by partha sharma (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:26 PM
Why India take so long time for completing all most all developmental project, whereas in China it does not get delayed at all – whether for land acquisition, for getting environmental clearances, getting financial clearances or for completing actual physical work?
In Indian democratic system that is challenge and in future every politician irrespective of party, administrators, planners, NGOs and ministers, have to take seriously. If these people, who are at the helm of affair, think about earning under-the-table money from the project, it ought to get delayed, over-expensive and hampers quality.
On war-footing this menace has to be eliminated. Most irony in Indian condition is almost all educated mass those are at the helm of any governmental affair or are in Governmental Regulating Agencies, are corrupt and before starting a project or giving approval, they think of getting kick-back or find ways how to earn under-the-table money.
This is very much disturbing…… and no IITs or IIMs do not teach how to prevent these menace….!!
Communist Vs Democracy
by PETERSON (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:23 PM | Hide replies
Communist China is showing,promising it’s citizens by doing what west is failing in few aspects.No one can finger in Chinese issues.
Even west could not show it’s might to China and the Allies of West fear the Dragon’s acts.
It spends much of it’s money on developments with no kickbacks,but we In India face many things like have to pay tax and support Khadi Devils to cut us in different directions,we are likely to face deficiet in many fields .We pay taxes but the roads we travel becomes worse to continue to travel.Where is the development?
In all spheres we have scams,interference of babus,Khadi Devils,Political party funds etc.India never ever can do what China does and shows the world.It takes less time in China to complete any project but it takes decades to gets clearance of Right of way issues.
Re: Communist Vs Democracy
by SUDHAKAR (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:47 PM
FIRST OF ALL CONTROL THE POPULATION OF INDIA,THEN IT WILL DEVELOP LKE CHINA.
by Arun Premraj (View MyPage) on Jul 02, 2011 01:08 PM
india increases speed of trains just by renaming them..lol… superfast, duronto, express, passenger…haha..