Bullet train first step towards modernizing India’s outdated railway system

Well, if newly minted Railways Minister Piyush Goyal’s latest diktat is any indication, at least eating on the train may not be so heavy on the pocket from today. Besides, it will also give a boost to urban and industrial development along the corridor.During the period of construction it will also ensure additional job for 20,000 more people.The Minister said when a high speed train operates this will have positive implications in the overall transport scenario. “I am glad to state here that this is also a cost-effective project”.

Goyal said the railway ministry and its Japanese counterpart have made a decision to advance the high-speed rail project, popularly known as the Bullet train, from 2023 to 2022.

The ceremony or bhoomi-pujan, will be performed on September 14 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, PTI had reported. “It shall also benefit the farmers for transportation of agricultural produce in a fast mode”, Goyal said. “PM has given directions for a holistic development of the Indian Railways“, Goyal said.

The high-speed railway line between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is expected to cover 508 kilometers in about two hours, the operating speed for the train will be around 320 kmph. Talking about the bullet train, Goyal said that it would complete its journey between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in just around 2 hours.

After Goyal’s orders and the ministry’s directive, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has promptly contacted its catering contractors to convey an ultimatum.

The distance of 508 km will be covered in two hours and seven minutes by the bullet train if it stops at four stations namely Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Mumbai.

The railways will only require around 825 hectares of land for the project as 92 per cent of the route will be elevated, six per cent will go through tunnels and only the remaining two per cent will be on the ground. The ceremony will be held at a ground near the Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati railway station.

However, gradually, asking for tips from passengers has become a usual part of the deal, especially in trains, where the price of the meal is all included in the ticket fare.

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