On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone of India’s first bullet train at the Sabarmati athletic ground Ahmedabad. The bullet train is expected to begin running in 2022. So, before celebrating our progress in this field, let’s reshuffle the history of Bullet Train.
The bullet train was first started in Japan in 1964 whereas it has been running for the last 10 years in the countries like China, South America, Germany, France, and Italy. So, the question is, after so many years why Indian government want to spend lavishly to acquire this technology? or is it worthful?
INDIAN BULLET TRAIN WILL RUN AT A SPEED OF 320 KM/HR IN 2022
Let’s travel to 2022 when the whole world would have touched the larger scale of development or in simple words when the bullet trains in different countries will be running at an extraordinary speed, at that time will we Indians still be happy about running a bullet train at the speed of 320 km/hr?
“Remember even today, when the world is using 5G, we are struggling with 4G”
LET’S CHECK OUT THE CURRENT SPEEDS OF BULLET TRAINS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES:
China’s high-speed rail (HSR) network accounted for about two-thirds of the world’s high-speed rail tracks in commercial service. Yes, you read this right! The country has a network of 22,000 km (14,000 mi) in total length. And the Chinese bullet train is running at 430kmph.
I want to use one-liner here, not to make any sarcastic comment but to highlight a fact that bullet trains have been running in Japan for the past 50 years. The Shinkansen (bullet train) has been operating on the maximum speed of 320 km/h (200 mph) (on a 387.5 km section of the Tōhoku Shinkansen). In 1996, Japan test runs have reached 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail and in April 2015, the country has tested the speed of world’s fastest bullet train (603kmph or 375 mph).
Bullet Trains in Italy are operating with a top speed of 300 km/h (190 mph). It consists of two lines one connects Turin to Salerno via Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Naples, the other connects Turin to Venice via Milan.