The international allure of high speed rail has spread to Asia, with some countries on-track to developing their first high-speed rail line within the net decade. While some development is undeniably expensive, it holds great potential for revolutionalising travel and forging closer ties between cities and countries.
One such country is India. Asia’s 2nd most populous city is expecting to run its first bullet train service in 2023, marking a new era of rail connectivity in the sub-continent. The bullet train is expected to cover 508km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, running at a maximum speed of 350kmph and operating speed. While most of the corridor is elevated, the highlight is a 21km undersea tunnel.
Estimated to cost US$15 billion, 81% of the total project cost will be funded through a 50-year loan from Japan. Indian Railways will invest US$1.5 billion in this project while the remaining will be contributed by the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Mukul Jain, Director, High Speed Rail Corporation of India, will be at Asia Pacific Rail to share more the details of this momentous project and key project timelines.
Now in its 19th edition, Asia Pacific Rail is the largest gathering of senior rail leaders in Asia. With a 4 track premium conference agenda covering key issues across metro, mainline, freight, rolling stock, power, signalling & communications, finance & funding and more, 3 technical seminar theatres in the exhibition hall, over 80 exhibition stands and an Underground/Overground University, our 2017 edition will be our biggest ever. Book your ticket here.
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