Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project here today. The 750-seat train is scheduled to run from August 2022.
With the advent of the bullet train, the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will come down to three hours.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that the number of people travel in trains in a week in India is the same as the total population of Japan.
He said the railway institution in Vadodara will provide modern training to youths in Vadodara.
Mostly funded by a $17bn (£12.78bn) loan from Japan, the bullet train is expected to cut the 500km (310 miles) journey time down to three hours from the current seven. There will be 12 stations on the route.
The majority of the route will be elevated. A part of it will run through a 7km-long undersea tunnel.
It will have top speeds of up to 350km/h (217mph), more than double the maximum speed offered by the fastest trains running in India.
Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail transport and some of their trains are ranked among the fastest in the world.
“This technology will revolutionise and transform the transport sector,” Indian Railways Minister Piyush Goyal was quoted as saying by a news agency.
Modi and Abe are expected to sign several agreements during the visit, and also inaugurate a Japanese industrial park.