Indian Railway to procure 24 bullet trainsets from Japan

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 JICA

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Indian Railway has been planned for procurement Twenty-four bullet trainsets from Japan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed project, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on 28 June 2019.

“The estimated total cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project, including the cost of rolling stock, is ₹1,08,000 crore, out of which 81% price will be funded through the loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),” Goyal Said While the Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

The project is targeted to be completed by 2023.

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

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will have multiple features for the convenience, comfort and safety features of the passengers.

According to NHSRCL, which is the implementation of 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 this bullet train corridor project. 

NHSRCL 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, the seven-kilometer 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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