Trains can soon run at a speed of 350 kilometers per hour in the country. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has given a new update regarding Bullet Train. He has told that in 2026, bullet train will start operating in a section between Mumbai-Ahmedabad. The Railway Minister, who came to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, said while talking to journalists that the bullet train will start operating between Surat and Bilimora in 2026. He said that such a plan was there from the beginning. Vaishnav said that it is difficult to give a definite timeline as to when the metro will be operational on the entire route.
The responsibility of the Bullet Train Project is with the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL). He said that land acquisition for the project in Maharashtra is 100 per cent complete and structures are being constructed as per schedule. 8 river bridges have been built between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and work of 272 kilometers has been completed. The terminal work at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad is almost complete while the foundation work at BKC Complex in Mumbai has also been completed.
Was to be completed in 2023, delayed due to land acquisition
The Bullet Train project came into existence in 2016 and the foundation stone was laid in 2017. The project was targeted to be completed by December 2023. But it got delayed due to obstacles in land acquisition. However, now the land acquisition work has been completed and construction work is also going on at a fast pace in many sections. However, till when the train will operate on the entire route, it has not been announced yet.
Will travel 508 kilometers in 2 hours
The total journey of Bullet Train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be 508 kilometers. The maximum speed of the bullet train will be up to 320 kilometers per hour. The journey between the two cities will take 2 hours 7 minutes. Currently this distance is covered by train in about 5 hours. On this 508 kilometer route, 348 kilometers will be in Gujarat while 156 kilometers will be in Maharashtra. 92 percent will be elevated and 6 percent will be inside the travel tunnel.