The foundation stone of India's first bullet train project has been laid at Ahmedabad. With an estimated cost of Rs 1.1 lakh crore, the project is a joint venture between the Indian Railways and Japanese firm Shinkansen Technology.
The project is expected to become functional by 2023. However, Indian Railways Minister, Piyush Goyal, has stated that the government has plans to launch the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project on 15 August 2022.
The proposed bullet train will run between Gujarat and Mumbai, carrying 750 passengers with a travel time of around three hours at an average speed of 250 km per hour. The top speed of the bullet train would be around 320 km per hour while covering the 508 km stretch between the two states. More than 90 percent of the route would be elevated and the remaining would be through a tunnel and on the ground. In addition, a seven km stretch near thane will be built under the sea.
There will be 10 stations on the stretch including Sabarmati, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Bilimora, Vapi, Boisar, Virar, and Thane. 35 bullet trains will be launched in the first stage and this will later be increased to 105 by 2053.
The Maharashtra government has finally agreed to vacate a 9,000 sq m plot for the station proposed at the Bandra-Kurla Complex on the condition that the railway department would provide an alternative site to the state.