India’s first bullet train from Mumbai to Ahmedabad to travel under Arabian sea
India’s first underwater bullet train project has officially begun; test drills for the construction of India’s first undersea bullet train route has commenced. The Railway Ministry has announced that drilling on the 7-km underwater route of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor has commenced, which will be the part of India’s first bullet train project.
Once built, the project will reduce the distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad from seven hours to just about two hours. A 21-km underground tunnel will connect Thane to Virar. The underwater stretch will be located after Thane Creek, on the way to Virar. Along with that, passengers will experience the thrill of riding under the sea at a speed of 350 km per hour.
The railway ministry and National High-Speed Rail Corporation (HNSRC) signed a tripartite pact with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in December 2016 for the development of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor. The project will be completed at a cost of approximately Rs 1 lakh crore.
However, extensive tests will be performed to identify the nature of the soil and the rock strata, and to know if the site can support the structure, before the construction begins.