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IN Science & Technology ON 21 Apr, 2016
In a first of its kind experience, passengers will get the buzz of riding beneath the sea while roving between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in the India's first ever bullet train. The rail corridor would have a long tunnel under the sea mentioned by a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the public transporter's bullet train project.
Initially, the rail corridor is projected on an elevated track which after a while supposedly Thane, would shift under the sea as per the project proposal.
Down are the details of the train.
The 508 km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor will have a 21 km long tunnel below the sea as per Railway Ministry's statement.
The project proposed that most part of the corridor would be on the raised track whereas there would be a stretch that will go under the sea as per detailing provided by JICA.
It is known that the 81% funds for the project are offered by Japan and the total cost estimated has come out to be Rs 97,636 crore. The cost involves the cost escalation, import duties and the interests and taxes on construction.
As the train is expected to be 508 km traveling between Ahmedabad and Mumbai and so Maharashtra and Gujarat will have 25% equity equally.
The soft loan would be for 50 years at 0.1% yearly interest with 15 years moratorium. All the equipments and stock will be imported from Japan. An official reported that loan agreement is slated to be signed by end of year.
For the purpose, Railways has created National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) and a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).
The operating speed of train is estimated to be 320kmph. Presently Duronto Express covers the same distance in 7 hours.