After driverless flying cars and Hyperloop, the UAE has come up with yet another fanciful mode of transport — an underwater rail network which will be its joint venture with India.
As per a report in Khaleej Times, National Advisor Bureau Limited managing director and chief consultant, Abdulla Alshehhi announced that the underwater rail network will become a reality soon. “This is a concept. We plan to connect Indian city of Mumbai with Fujairah through ultra-speed floating trains. The project aims to boost bilateral trade,” he said.
Alshehhi further added, “There will be an export of oil to India from Fujairah port and import of excess water from Narmada River, north of Mumbai. In addition, other GCC partners can also improve export and import.”
Alshehhi also said that they will do a feasibility study of the project and finds the infrastructure concept a ‘cool’ project to develop. It will not only benefit the UAE and India but the near-by region as well. The total rail network will be less than 2000 km.
Globally, there are many similar projects in the pipeline. China has plans to connect Russia, Canada, and the US via high-speed train. In India, Mumbai and Ahmedabad will also be connected by high-speed rail corridor by 2022. A section of the high-speed rail corridor will also go underwater.
Floating trains or ‘Maglev’ use magnet repulsion system to go the ‘train’ at an excellent speed benefiting from having less friction. The high-speed Maglevs trains are under operations in China and Japan currently, but several countries like Australia, US, UK and israel have plans to introduce the rail system.