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article imageBullet Trains Could Soon be a Reality in India

By Vinay Chand     Jun 23, 2008 in World
In what is deemed to be another ambitious project to unfold by Indian Railways, bullet trains, the likes of those in Japan, will soon be a reality in India.
Indian Railways, with the second largest rail network in the world and the lifeline of the masses in India, move what could be the largest network of passengers in the world every day.
No wonder, it's a pain trying to get tickets booked during holiday seasons.
In a much anticipated and necessary move, the railway minister of India, Lalu Prasad, hopes to make the bullet train dream a reality in the country, thereby making the train journey between important cities in India, quicker and the preferred way of travel.
For this purpose, the 500-km stretch between Delhi and Amritsar and the 660 km stretch between Pune - Ahmedabad -Mumbai has been chosen for a pre-feasibility study. Decks have been cleared to invite global tenders to take up the project.
As reported by PTI, a consultant will be appointed to carry out the study on the proposed high-speed corridor connecting Pune with Ahmedabad. The study will focus on technicalities, financial and operational viability of the project.
With the advent of these trains, the travel time between these stations, which is currently overnight, would be cut in half. The trains will run at a speed of 300 kilometres-an-hour on a dedicated fast track.
Currently, the fastest train in India is the Shatabdi Express which runs at a speed of only 120-140 km/h, and it too can sometimes get delayed owing to congestion in the rail network.
With the proposed bullet trains, the frequent time delays and cancellations would soon become a thing of the past giving way to a more efficient rail network in India in the future.
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