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Wait For A Month, India's First Bullet Train Will Become A Reality

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| August 3 , 2017 , 14:49 IST

Bullet trains are the next generation in speedy transportation, and India is set to join the countries that have launched the fast running trains.

The foundation stone for India's first bullet train that will run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is to be laid next month by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi when PM Abe is scheduled to visit India. The bullet train is expected to be functional within the next 6 years and is being made at a cost of Rs 97,636 crores.

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The bullet train, travelling at speeds of 350 kilometre per hour will reduce the travel duration on the 508 km route from the current 7 hours to a total of 2 hours and will feature 12 stations along the way. Four of the stations would fall in Maharashtra and 8 would be located in Gujarat. According to reports the majority of the trains would run on elevated tracks but will also pass through a tunnel in the sea.

"The entire funding for this or more or less 85 per cent of this will come from the Japanese and that too on very soft terms," Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

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The Railways Minister also said that high-speed corridors are being planned on different routes between Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Mysuru and Bengaluru where trains would be able to run at speeds of 350 km per hour.

Currently, the fastest trains on the Indian Railways, the Rajdhani and Duronto, were getting delayed because of heavy traffic on the lines with some networks are operating at 160 per cent to 170 per cent of the capacity, Prabhu added.