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Bullet Trains In India

Bullet trains set to come to India

Notwithstanding the recent turmoil in the railway ministry following the cash-for- job scam, the government’s ambitious plan to run a high speed rail corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is slowly inching closer to becoming a reality.


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India is seen set to use Japanese bullet train technology for a high-speed connection between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, a report said.


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The Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail line would stretch 500 kilometres (312 miles) at a cost of up to one trillion yen, the Nikkei said, adding the two governments plan to finish technological reviews and costings by March 2014



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Philippe Lorand, vice president, business development, SNCF, the French National Railways which is assisting the Indian Railways to develop the techno-feasibility road map of the over 534-km corridor - one of the six proposed high speed railway lines - told HT that the exercise is in the final stages of completion



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Building the high speed corridor is expected to cost R60,000crore at present day prices. And once work starts it will take 10 years to complete it



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“We are in the final stages of completing our study and hope to submit our report by October. The railways will take a final call on the specifications recommended by us before inviting bids. We expect that this process would start early next year,” he said.



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Considered one of the oldest operators of high speed trains, SNCF has 850 bullet trains - called TGV - that run at an average speed of 320 km per hour



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