Japan’s Shinkansen technology would be adopted for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, with technology transfer to support the Make in India programme
India’s first bullet train is most likely to be completed by 2027, the managing director of National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), Rajendra Prasad told ANI news agency. According to Prasad, the company will try to run bullet trains in Gujarat by August 2027. While a trial run will be conducted by June 2026 between Surat to Bilimora. He said the construction work is under process and 220 km of piling is completed so far.
“There are indigenous parts that are being used in the construction of rail project and it is a proud moment for the country. 220 km of piling is completed. We are working 24 hours. We are confident that by June 2026m the Surat-to-Billimora trial run will be done,” the NHSRCL MD added.
He said that the high-speed rail corporation got great support from the Maharastra government as 98% of land acquisition was completed. “We have floated a tender and will soon start the civil engineering work in Maharashtra,” he said. On the India-Japan collaboration in the project, Prasad said, “Japan Shinkansen train has zero fatality and it has a track record of safety. Japan’s quality is known to the world. Our engineers will also receive training in Japan.”