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How Will India’s First Bullet Train Corridor Reduce Country’s Dependence On Imports For Crude Oil



Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor will cover 12 stations along the route

The country’s first high-speed rail project, spearheaded by the Railway Ministry’s special purpose vehicle – National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) will contribute to reducing India’s dependence on imports for crude oil, besides boosting infrastructure development. The transportation but the high-speed rail will be powered by indigenous electric power, unlike diesel, petrol, or aviation fuel. The high-speed rail is a proven environment-friendly transport option, according to the NHSRCL, responsible for developing and implementing the bullet train project. (Also Read: Bullet Train Project: Agreement Signed With L&T For India’s Biggest Infrastructure Contract )

Data from the National High-Speed Rail Corporation’s website shows, the carbon emission for a 600 km trip per passenger by the high-speed rail is 8.1 kg, compared to 67.4 kg for car travel and 93 kg for airplane travel, according to a study by the International Union of Railways. This means that the carbon emission by the high-speed rail is far lesser than a car or an airplane. As the high-speed rail will be operated by electric power, it will contribute to reducing the country’s dependence on imports for crude oil.

The country’s first 508.17 km long bullet train corridor will be implemented between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, covering a total of 12 stations along the route. Once completely implemented, the bullet train will operate at a speed of 320 km per hour and will be similar to Shinkansen or Japan’s bullet train system. The 12 bullet train corridor stations en route are Thane, Mumbai, Virar, Vapi, Boisar, Bilimora, Bharuch, Surat, Vadodara, Sabarmati, Ahemdabad, and Sabarmati.

The high-speed rail will cover the entire journey between Maharashtra and Gujarat (including stoppages at all stations) in 2 hours and 57 minutes. This means that the journey between the two states, which currently takes eight hours will be reduced to under three hours. 

The high-speed rail corridor will cover a distance of 155.76 km in Maharashtra, 4.3 km in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and 348.04 km in Gujarat. Within Maharashtra, it will cover 7.04 km in Mumbai sub-urban, 109.06 km in Palghar district, and 39.66 km in the Thane district. 

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