Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour session on 2 August 2017 that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project (MAHSR), has been sanctioned for implementation with the technical and financial assistance of the Japan government.
Prabhu stated that both India and Japan had signed a MoU for the training of 4000 officials of Indian Railways in 2015, among which so far 137 officers have been trained.
Further, Prabhu informed the lower house of the Parliament that procurement of high speed rolling stocks is an integral part of the MAHSR project and that the government envisages promoting make in India of high speed rolling stock in a phased manner.
• The project is a proposed high-speed rail line that would connect Mumbai in Maharashtra with Gujarat’s Ahmedabad in Western India.
• The line, also known as the bullet train, would be India’s first high-speed rail line.
• The construction of the corridor is expected to start by the end of 2018 and reach completion by 2023.
• The entire rail corridor would be elevated, fully fenced and would have a fully integrated network signalling.
• The project is a part of Modi’s key promises, which he made ahead of the general elections in 2014.
• The technology that is going to be used on the MAHSR is the same as that used in the Shinkashen bullet train in Japan, which plies from Tokyo to Kobe.
• Almost more than 85 percent of the funding of the project will come from Japan, which is the best term that Japan has ever offered to any country in the world under Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).
• The entire cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 1 lakh Cr.
Besides this, as far as the working of the train is concerned, the train is expected to run at a top speed of 350 km per hour. A training school will also be set up in Ahmedabad to further train the Railway officials.
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