The Embassy of Japan in India on Friday released pictures of the E5 Series Shinkansen (Japan’s Bullet Train), which will be modified for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project will bring down travel time from Ahmedabad-Mumbai to a mere 2 hours. The MAHSR is also called the Bullet Train Project and is scheduled for completion by 2023.
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The project was announced back in 2017 when PM Modi met Japanese then PM, Shinzo Abe. As the plan to lay the bullet train project was proposed, India became the second country to buy Japan’s iconic ‘Shinkansen’ bullet-train technology after Taiwan.
The 80% cost of the project will be funded by Tokyo. The country will lend ₹80,000 crores to India, at 0.1 percent interest rate for 50 years. The total estimated cost of the project is ₹1,08,000 crores.
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The total length of the project is 508 km. Of the total distance, 21 km will pass through tunnels, of which seven km will be under the sea, at a speed of 320-350 km per hour.
While PM Modi is excited to implement the project as soon as possible, but the Maharastra government is delaying the project with a slow pace of land accusation.
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As of now, only 22% of land acquisition has been completed in Maharashtra. Also, no contract being awarded yet on the 508-km-long Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor.
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