Prime minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail project . Here's some facts you need to know about the ambitious project.
• India's first bullet train project costs Rs 1.1 lakh crore ($17 billion) and is expected to be completed by 2022.
• The project will be modeled on the Shinkansen super speed trains in Japan.
• The bullet train is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities from seven to roughly three hours.
• Initially, the train would have 10 coaches with a total seating capacity of 750 passengers. Later, it is proposed to have 16 coaches with a seating capacity of 1,250 passengers.
• The train would have two categories of seats--executive and economy--with the prices comparable with the base AC 2- tier fare of the Rajdhani Express.
• A 21-km tunnel will be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, seven km of which will be under the sea.
• Japan will fund 81 percent of the project, nearly Rs 88,000 crore, in soft loans at an interest rate of 0.1 percent. The loan will have to be repaid over 50 years.
• Of the 508-km route and 12 stations, 120 km and four stations will fall in Maharashtra.
• The bullet train would run at an average speed of 320 km per hour and at a maximum speed of 350 km per hour.
• The Maharashtra government has agreed to allot 0.9 hectares of land at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) for a station for the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train.
• According to media reports, the route is expected to have 35 services per day. The number will be increased to 105 in 2050.
(With inputs from PTI)