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Super-Fast Bullet Trains to Be Manufactured on Our Soil?

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As part of the flagship programme of NDA led government- Make in India- Indian Railways is planning to render one of its manufacturing unit to Japan for production of super-fast bullet train project from Mumbai with Ahmedabad.

Currently Indian Railways will rely on procurement of the coaches but for the later stage Indian Railways is planning to manufacture the coaches on our native land.

Indian Railways in September gave a presentation to a working group, which included representatives from India and Japan, monitoring implementation of the Mumbai-Ahmadabad High Speed Rail project, and projected Modern Coach Factory (MCF) in Raebareli, UP, as a potential manufacturing site for bullet train coaches.

“MCF has robotic production lines and can be ideal for bullet train coaches. We will have to transfer the technology from one of the companies (manufacturing such coaches in Japan),” said the official.

The high-speed trains, known as Shinkansen in Japan. National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC), which is implementing the 508-km project, is set to purchase 18 Shinkansen train sets from Japan in the first phase of the country’s first bullet train corridor,an NHSRC official said and added it would cost around Rs 7,000 crore.

In the second phase of the project, slated for commissioning in 2022, parts will be imported and assembled locally for the bullet trains. In the third phase, Indian Railway wants to manufacture the coaches at one of its facilities.

Indian Railway will set up bullet train assembling facility on a public-private participation basis. According to an official with NHSRC, Japanese companies are likely to set up facilities in India to manufacture parts for bullet trains. The 35 bullet trains with 10 coaches each, which will initially run on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route, will have one business class coach and nine standard coaches each. The lowest fare is expected to be Rs 250 and there will be a cap of Rs 3,000 on the fares. Land acquisition is underway for the 508-km long corridor.

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