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Bullet Trains in India

Once again advancement knocks on the door, India to have its first bullet train to be operational in 2027, and trials to begin in 2026. Mumbai–Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor (MAHSR corridor) is an under-construction high-speed rail line connecting India's economic hub, Mumbai, with the city of Ahmedabad. When completed, it will be India's first high-speed rail line. Moreover, as per National High-Speed Rail Corridor (NHSRCL) chairman and managing director Satish Agnihotri, the country’s first bullet train station in Surat will be inaugurated by 2023. The first trial will be conducted between Surat and Bilimora covering a distance of 50km.

This current of growth has led the engines of everyone to speed faster. The civil work is being done at an escalated speed and four (Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch) of the total 12 stations will be ready by December 2024. Apart from the construction of these four stations, a viaduct of 237 km will also be constructed. A viaduct is a specific type of bridge that consists of a series of arches, piers, or columns supporting a long-elevated railway or road.

As we all know the benefits of bullet trains, they will have less check-in time, more leg space, and most of all, connectivity, which is denied on-board airplanes. The services will come at a fare matching the economy-class flights and are likely to have a higher free-luggage limit. The bullet trains could prove to be a gamechanger for travellers in India and would compete with air travel.

The total length of the bullet train corridor is 508.17 km and the train is expected to take around 2 hours and 58 minutes to travel between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, covering eight stations in Gujarat and four in Maharashtra. The trials of the bullet train will be conducted at a speed of 350 kilometers per hour, which is the same as the take-off speed of airplanes. The operational speed will be 320 km/h. Apart from this, Japan will initially send six high-speed Shinkansen trains which will be modified for Indian conditions like temperature, dust, and weight.

The bullet train coaches will also be fitted with an enhanced passenger information system – to make communication easier with the onboard commuters. The onboard displays will show information including train number and name, information in emergency situations, current station, next stopping station, destination station, text news, door opening side, speed, and etc. Keeping in mind the diversity, the LCD displays will provide information in Hindi, English, Gujarati as well as Marathi.

Overall, creating a benchmark and taking a step closer to the heights of evolution and enhancement, India starts planning new bullet train corridors on 7 routes and is trying to efficiently carry out a detailed system of the working of bullet trains that will start to run in the next 5 years.


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