Bullet Train innovation center gets academics from Tokyo University
AHMEDABAD: Researchers from IIT-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) will carry out on-site studies for the high-speed railway (HSR) corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Prof Amit Prashant, the officiating director of IIT-Gn, said that the HSR Innovation Trust, consisting of several stakeholders from India and Japan, has been set up to work on technical issues.
A seminar of stakeholders was organized on IIT-Gn’s campus on Tuesday. Among the attendees were Achal Khare, Managing Director of National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), and Dr Norimichi Kumagai, the president of Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), Japan.
“The trust, consisting of experts from institutes such as IITs and IISc, will understand and adopt the technology for Indian conditions and also develop our own technology so that we can be self-sufficient in the field of HSR in four to five years,” said Prof Prashant. “We will also work closely with the industry on several aspects of the project so that we can build capacity for indigenous technology.”
Some of the areas for which the academia has been included by government agencies are signalling, control, safety, fire and earthquake safety, duct design, and corridor design. After the meeting on Tuesday, a few of the projects have been green-lit for further development.
In his speech, Khare discussed some of the challenges and opportunities for research in the high-profile project. “We are looking for innovative ways to recycle/reuse construction waste generated from the project,” he said. “Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and a movement against single-use plastic, we will use a large amount of polythene waste as a cost-effective construction material like paver blocks.”
Dr Kumagai explained the technical concept of Shinkansen and how it brought significant change in Japanese economy and social life. “Safety should be the top priority of all railway systems…railway is a sophisticated system, but still, many technical challenges remain to be addressed,” he said.
Bullet Train innovation center gets academics from Tokyo University. The trust will also provide eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable solutions. It will also contribute to the development of HSR specific standards in India.