India’s first bullet train project

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Prime minister Narendra Modi and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of a high-speed bullet train line on 14 September, 2017 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

This bullet train will run along India’s western coast between Ahmedabad and the busy city of Mumbai. It will stretch across 316 miles (approx 500 km).

Currently, the train journey takes about eight hours, but the new bullet train will cut the time down to just less than three hours!  The high speed train will have 10 cars and will carry 750 people, as stated by The Times of India.

Right now, the Gatimaan Express is fastest train in India. It runs between Agra and Delhi, the capital of India. We also have the new Tejas Express that has recently been launched. The new bullet train will go more than twice as fast as the Gatimaan Express!

Japan and India are building this bullet train together. Japan already has a network of bullet trains called Shinkansen.  They will share their technology with India. India will use its manpower to build this train system. The project will cost about $17 billion. Much of that money will come as a loan from Japan.

There is some debate about whether or not this is a necessary project. A group of people believe that this money could have been used towards other important causes, such as continuing to upgrade India’s 164 year old railway network that has been facing constant derailment issues.

This ambitious railway project will take some time to complete. Officials hope to have it ready by December 2022.

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