Those who are waiting for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, will be excited to know that they will be travelling under the sea. The detailed report was revealed by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The high-speed corridor spans 508 kms and will consist of a 21 km long tunnel under the sea. While most part of the corridor is slated to be on an elevated track, a part of the stretch between Thane Creek going towards Virar is being planned under the sea.
While a journey from Mumbai to Ahmedabad on the superfast Duranto Express Train take around 6.5 hours, the journey on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will be accomplished in a matter of 2 hours while travelling at a maximum speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph.
The bullet train project is estimated to cost INR 97,636 crores with 81 percent of this funding coming from a loan from Japan. It is soft-loan for a period of 50 years at the rate of 0.1 percent annual interest with 15 years moratorium.
The deal for the bullet train and loan agreement is slated to be signed between India and Japan at the end of this year while construction will commence in early 2018. As per terms of agreement, all equipment that includes signaling and power system etc will be imported from Japan.