Railways to procure 24 Bullet Trainsets from Japanese companies

The estimated cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is Rs 1.08 lakh crore, out of which 81% cost will be funded through the loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: India’s first Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project is on track. Railway minister Piyush Goyal recently said in Rajya Sabha that Railways has planned to procure 24 trainsets from Japanese companies through tendering process for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) and Japanese side, in order to promote ‘Make in India’, sic out of above 24 trainsets are presently planned for assembling in India, for which location is planned to be decided by the Japanese supplier.

It is to be noted that the estimated total cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project including the cost of rolling stock, is Rs 1,08,000 crore, out of which 81 per cent cost will be funded through the loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project is targeted to be completed by the year 2023.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will have multiple features for the convenience, comfort and safety features of the passengers. According to National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL), who is responsible for the implementation the high-speed rail project in India, the train will have multi-purpose rooms installed in them which will cater to the requirements of feeding mothers and sick persons.

These rooms will have facilities like folding beds, baggage racks and mirrors and Shinkansen technology is being used for for this bullet train corridor project.

It is worth mentioning that NHSRCL this year, floated a tender for the first undersea tunnel which will be part of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor. The 21 Km underground corridor will be constructed from BKC to Kalyan Shilphata in Maharashtra. Bids have been invited for the undersea tunnel, seven kilometre stretch of which will be constructed under the sea bed.

As per the tender the construction work is supposed to be completed in 3.5 years. Japan’s Kawasaki Geological Engineering along with engineers of NHSRCL, RITES Ltd. conducted a geotechnical investigation for the tunnel last year.

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