India-Japan rail diplomacy – Modi, Abe to discuss bullet trains

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  1. esolve

    esolve Regular Member

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    The best way to judge the progress of any country is by looking at its railway connectivity. The much awaited dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring high-speed trains to India is going to become a reality soon. On his first trip to Japan next week, he will be discussing bullet train project besides other issues. The multi-million dollar venture is a part of NDA Government’s ambitious – Diamond quadrangle project.

    However, China which has the largest high-speed train network in the world is also trying to sell its trains to India at a much lower price in comparison to Japan. The cost of one bullet train is estimated at Rs 60,000 crore, as announced by the Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda during his Budget speech. While presenting his first Rail Budget, Sadanand Gowda said, ” Indian Railways is on course to fulfill its long cherished dream. I propose a Bullet train on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai sector.” Railways being an important mode of transportation in India is in dire need of overhaul as most of India’s 1.2 billion people travel in it. Therefore, India cannot ignore the opportunities to restructure the entire system.

    It was reported that both Japan and China are at loggerheads to build high-speed train network in India. Japan which is already working on the plan and will hard sell Shinkansen network for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai network to the Prime Minister during his Japan visit. It was reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to convince Prime Minister Narendra Modi to buy trains from Shinkansen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his maiden trip to Japan and is expected to land in Kyoto this weekend. In 2007, as the Gujarat Chief Minister, Modi took first ride of high speed train in Tokyo. He was sitting in operational part of the train during that ride.

    Bullet trains will help in cutting down traveling time. China is looking for private investment in India. Its Government recently announced private investment in this sector. Chinese President Xi Jingping will be visiting India in mid-September this year. He too is expected to sell Chinese rail network to India. However, Japan has an edge when compared to Chinese trains. Japanese trains are of better quality and maintain higher safety measures. China has a record of a major train accidents in which several hundred people have been killed. Therefore, chances are that India will prefer Japanese bullet trains. This is another thing that despite having a fail-proof safety and speed system, Japan has not been able to sell its rail network successfully overseas.

    But now with the assistance of Japan’s International High-Speed Rail Association that builds high-speed trains, Japan will try to sell the product to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Japan. Several feasibility studies have been conducted for bullet trains on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route. Presently, the fastest train between the two cities is the Shatabdi Express, which takes nearly seven hours. India is planning to build high-speed rain networks on other routes as well such as Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa and Hyderabad-Secunderabad. These high-speed trains are expected to run at a maximum speed of 320 km per hour.

    With Narendra Modi’s Diamond Quadrilateral Rail Project on cards, it seems that Indian Railways will definitely write a better story. It will end traveling woes and will also help India develop at a faster pace.
     
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    Do any ppl notice the serious of crashes and accidents in Japan's train and Shinkansen history? especially the 2005 train crash in Japan? According to the investigations carried out by the Hyōgo Prefecture police, out of the 107 deaths, at least 43 (27 men, 16 women), including the driver, were in the first car, at least 45 (22 men, 23 women) were in the second car, and at least one was in the third car. This information was determined by questioning 519 of the approximately 550 injured passengers.
     
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    Amagasaki rail crash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Amagasaki rail crash (JR福知山線脱線事故 JR Fukuchiyama-sen dassen jiko?, lit. "JR Fukuchiyama Line derailment") was a fatal railway accident which occurred on 25 April 2005 at 09:19 local time (00:19 UTC), just after the local rush hour. A seven-car commuter train came off the tracks on the JR West Fukuchiyama Line in Amagasaki, Hyogo, near Osaka, just before Amagasaki Station on its way for Dōshisha-mae via the JR Tōzai Line and the Gakkentoshi Line, and the front two carriages rammed into an apartment building. The first carriage slid into the first floor parking garage and as a result took days to remove. Of the roughly 700 passengers (initial estimate was 580 passengers) on board at the time of the crash, 106 passengers, in addition to the driver, were killed and 562 others injured. Most passengers and bystanders have said that the train appeared to have been travelling too fast. The incident was Japan's most serious since the 1963 Tsurumi rail accident in which two passenger trains collided with a derailed freight train, killing 162 people.
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    Shigaraki train disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Shigaraki train disaster (信楽高原鐵道衝突事故 Shigaraki Kōgen Tetsudō shōtotsu jiko?) was a railway accident that occurred in Shigaraki (now Koka), Shiga Prefecture, Japan on May 14, 1991. A Shigaraki Kōgen Railway (SKR) train and a West Japan Railway Company (JR West) train collided head-on, killing 42 people and injuring 614 others.
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    Sambha ka Boss Regular Member

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    How much time will the HSR take for completion. Can I travel in HSR anywhere in the near future.
     
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    Finally, it is Shinkansen HSR for India.
     

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