Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe launch India’s first bullet train: Some facts you need to know

Published: 14th September 2017 02:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2017 03:09 PM  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday laid the foundation stone for India's first ever bullet train project. Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Union Railway Ministry have inked a memorandum of understanding for the ambitious project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. (AFP)
The estimated cost of the 508 km project is pegged at around Rs 1.10 lakh crore, with Japan providing a loan of Rs 88,000 crore for the project at a minimal interest of 0.1 per cent. (AFP)
The government has mulled the starting of the services of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai High Speed Rail Network on August 15, 2022 to mark India's 75th year of Independence. (AP)
The bullet train would run at an average speed of 320 km per hour and at a maximum speed of 350 km per hour. It will stop at 12 railway stations on the route for 165 seconds each. (AP)
In the initial days, around 1.6 crore people are expected to travel by the train annually. By 2050, around 1.6 lakh commuters would be travelling by the high-speed train on a daily basis. (AP)
The train would have two categories of seats--executive and economy, with the prices comparable with the base AC two-tier fare of the Rajdhani Express. (AP)
Initially, the train would have 10 coaches with a total seating capacity of 750 passengers, which would be later developed to 16 coaches with a seating capacity of 1,250 passengers. (AP)
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