High-speed Bullet train is soon expected to be running on Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor via Thane and Virar. Japan has offered to set up a joint venture company like the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to finance bullet train projects in India. Japanese experts from a consulting firm and Indian officials have conducted surveys last week in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor (about 500 km) for a pre-feasibility study for the first of these projects. Prior to that, Government of India officials from the Commission and rail ministry have been over to Tokyo to complete the details of the project.
The feasibility study for 535 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad Hi-speed train is expected to be complete by May 2015 by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The JICA team was in Mumbai to meet state government and railway officials to discuss the details of the project, which is estimated to cost Rs 63,000 crore. WR’s divisional railway manager Shailendra Kumar said, “The train is likely to originate from BKC.” However, the team has drawn up other options for originating destination in Mumbai at either Bandra Terminus or LTT if BKC option does not work out. The high-speed train will run at a Maximum speed of 320 KMPH. A senior railway official said, “The train will have the ability to traverse the 534 km distance in two hours.”
Along with the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor there are other six corridors identified by the government include Amritsar-New Delhi-Patna, New Delhi-Jodhpur, Howrah-Haldia, Mumbai-Pune and Hyderabad-Thiruvananthapuram. But, the Mumbai- Ahmedabad project will first need to identify the land corridor through which it will run since the existing rail tracks will not be good enough for them. But the Japanese consultants have not even reached the stage of identifying the land and have instead discussed issues like power availability, instead. There are varying estimates about the time period it will take for the first bullet train to move, but none of them put it at before 2020