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Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train deadline advanced to 2022: Piyush Goyal

Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train deadline advanced to 2022: Piyush Goyal

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given directions for a holistic development of the Indian Railways", Goyal said, adding, India's transport sector is all set to change and "it is indeed a matter of celebration".

The official, who in-charge of the bullet train project, said that while the deadline to launch the train will remain 2023, the railways is focused to start it keeping in view the Independence Day celebrations in 2022. "The coming of bullet trains to India will not only boost employment, but also will help India to export it", he said. "Shinkansen technology will transform India's transportation in the future".

Rattled by the recent spate of train derailments in the country, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday, assured the people about the ambitious project and said that that the bullet train has not seen a single accident in Japan.

"Out of this Rs 1,10,000 crore, Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore and the interest on this loan is minimal, i.e. 0.1 per cent", Goyal said. He is a prominent Indian resident of Japan for 21 years. "Loan repayment period of 50 years with 15 years grace".

On the other hand Maharashtra doesn't want to spare the prime land at Bandra and has offered railways land at two other sites, which according to railways will increase the cost of the project.

The high speed train will also pass through the country's biggest tunnel of 21 km, of which seven km will be under the sea. "We will innovate with the Bullet train technology", said Goyal.

"They (Japan) are pioneers of bullet train technology, and their train has the highest punctuality rate", Mishra said.

The distance of 508 km will be covered in two hours and seven minutes by the bullet train if it stops at four stations namely Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Mumbai.

The opposition led by the Congress has attacked the Modi dispensation over the plan to execute the capital-intensive bullet train project when the existing railway network is suffering due to underinvestment. The high speed railway line between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to cover 508 kilometers in about two hours with an operating speed of around 320 kmph.

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