India Receives Golden Bullet!- Indo-Japanese Relations Reach New High

6 months ago Ishan Chourey 0

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for India’s first Bullet Train Between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

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In his official visit to India, PM Shinzo Abe signed more than 15 agreements with India, including providing financial and technological assistance to build India’s first Bullet Train network.

It will run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, claiming to cover the 500km distance in only two hours.

The project is scheduled to complete by 2022 with an investment of over Rs. 1.1 lakh crores.

Japan will fund the project, with a loan commitment of Rs. 6000 crore, for a period of 50 years, with a grace period of 15 years.

And, as a gesture of friendship, as described by PM Modi, Japan agreed to give the loan at an interest of 0.8%, practically making it free of cost.

Specifications of Indian Bullet Train:

India’s first bullet train network will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, reducing the commute time by 70%. These trains are capable of speeding up-to 350kmph, but operational speed will be limited to 320kmph.

The 508 km distance will be covered by the train in three terrains. 400 km of the journey will be covered over the ground, 30 km journey underwater and about 10 km journey over the ground.

The train will travel through an underwater tunnel near Thane.

It will be 2.5 times cheaper than Japan’s Bullet Train journey. An estimated cost of traveling to Mumbai is Rs 3000, which is cheaper than flight cost of flying.

A total of 24 Bullet Trains will be imported from Japan. This will enable over 70 trips between Mumbai and Ahmedabad per day.

After the import of first 24 trains, the Bullet Train project will adopt “Make In India” and will be manufactured at home.

The Bullet Train will stop at 12 stations between Ahmedabad and Mumbai – Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Dahisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, and Ahmedabad.

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Why Japan?

  • Japan has the most efficient system of Bullet Trains in the world. Japanese topography matches Indian, which makes the technology transfer for Bullet Train project easy and cost effective.
  • Japanese Bullet Trains are safest, which ZERO accident and fatality in 53 years, since its inception. ACT system automatically controls its speed in different terrains and weather conditions.
  • These trains are operated and controlled by a central Train Control System. This system controls fleet timings, station stoppages, and maintenance schedules. This makes the entire operation time efficient and has less than 15 delays a year.

Other Commitments By Japan to Support Bullet Train Project:

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  • Rs. 606 crore help to set up a training institute to develop human resource, which will be equipped with high-level knowledge for the operation of Ahmedabad Mumbai High-Speed Railway.
  • Rs 2225 crore loan for improvement of NH-40(in Meghalaya) and NH-45(bypasses in Mizoram) and to improve connectivity in North Eastern Region of India.
  • Rs 550 crore loan for up-gradation of existing ship recycling yard at Alang, Gujarat.
  • In order to deal with increased traffic in Kolkata metropolitan area, by extending the mass rapid transit system, Japan under Official Development Assistance(ODA) will provide Rs.1500 crore.
  • A Rs. 130 crore grant to set up Varanasi Convention Centre, India.

In his visit to India, not only PM Shinzo Abe strengthen Indo-Japanese technical relationships, but also openly stated that India will always have a friend in Japan.

This partnership of Asia’s two big economies will not only strengthen the Asian bloc but will also send a direct statement to their mutual rival China regarding the balance of power in the Asian continent.