Abu Dhabi: The UAE has proposed an undersea rail corridor connecting Fujairah in the country with Mumbai in India. The announcement, made at the recent UAE-India Conclave held in Abu Dhabi by Abdullah Al-Shehi, director and chief consultant at National Adviser Bureau Limited, has taken Indians by surprise.
The rail track between UAE and India is aimed at easing the transport of goods rather than enabling travel by passengers. According to Al-Shehi, pipelines can be laid parallel to the rail track to transport oil from the Gulf to India and drinking water from India to UAE.
The rail network is expected to benefit other businesses also in the region, said Al-Shehi. Apart from UAE and India, their neighbouring countries too would be able to utilise the rail corridor and gain an advantage, he added.
With the construction of the corridor, Mumbai city and Fujairah port can been connected with ultra-speed floating train service. This will help improve trade ties between the two countries, along with the transport of oil to India and excess water from Narmada river to Gulf.
Al-Shehi, presenting the proposal before an elite gathering of industrialists and businessmen, said that several factors need to be examined before implementing the mega project. Meanwhile, UAE is going ahead with the feasibility study for the project, he added. The UAE-Mumbai rail corridor would be just 2,000 km long.
China has already made proposals for undersea rail corridors to link the country with Russia, Canada and USA. With the UAE's plan, India too has been brought into this loop.
UAE has made the world sit up with the technologically advanced projects it implemented. High-rises which are the tallest in the world, flying bikes and driverless cars are among them. The latest in the list is the hyperloop connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi which enables travel between the two Emirates in 12 minutes by touching speeds of up to 1,200 kmph. Work on this project is expected to start next year.
With the Fujairah-Mumbai rail corridor, UAE has rocked the world yet again.