The foundation of India’s 1st Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Project(MAHSR) that was launched by PM Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is under-construction.
Most of the line will be constructed on an elevated corridor to avoid land acquisitions except for a 21 km underground tunnel of which seven kilometers of the tunnel will be under sea at Thane Creek that was chosen to avoid the of damaging vegetation present in the area.
The high speed line will run through Maharashtra and Gujarat, besides the Union territory of Dadar, Nagarand Haveli.
The line will have proposed 12 stations including Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Vadodra, Anand and Sabarmati, cutting down the journey time from 7 hours to 2.07 hours.
The Japanese Shinkansen technology will travel at an operational speed of of 320 kmph and is known to have the best safety record in the world with no passenger fatalities in the last 50 years.
JICA agreed to fund 81% of the total project to India’s bullet train project, offering a soft loan of cost Rs 88,087 crore (US$14 billion) in this Rs 1.1lakh-crore (US$17 billion) project at interest rate of 0.1%, repayable over 50 years.
According to PM Modi, this high speed rail project that constitutes a part of “Make in India” initiative will bring speed with safety and more productivity through high speed connectivity, contributing to India’s economic development.
The construction of corridor is scheduled to end by August 2022 and the bullet train will leave for its first run on 15 August 2022.