India’s bullet train dream moves closer       Published on : Jul 17 2014
 
Government considers two-pronged approach to high-speed rail.

India’s long wait for a high-speed rail network may be coming to an end, as the country’s new railway budget is reported to include the potential for two types of bullet train.

The Economic Times reported an official with India’s Ministry of Railways as saying that proposals are being considered for trains running at speeds of up to 300kph on brand new rail corridors, and upgraded services of up to 150kph on existing tracks.

Bullet trains could connect Mumbai with Ahmedabad and Pune.

The new bullet train routes would include connections from Mumbai to Pune and Ahmedabad. According to the report, the Indian government is considering allowing 100% foreign investment in the new projects.

The upgrade of existing tracks to handle higher speed trains could see the introduction of electric systems similar to those used in the Delhi Metro, the report added.

 

Chasing Bullet Dreams

New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he wants to create a “diamond quadrilateral” of high-speed trains offering world-class facilities for passengers.

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