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After much delay, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train has got some upgrades and is ready to be in full service after finalizing the various features of the bullet train.
What Is It?
India’s first bullet train construction is in full swing connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad with designs of the tunnels and the bridges on full progress.
The train is set to cover a distance of over 500 km between the two cities in less than three hours, from what it usually takes that is 7 hours. It will start from the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai and terminate near the Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad.
7 km of this journey is also going to be underwater! Yes, you heard that right. Part of the undersea tunnel will be built below the seabed. And the rest of it under the marshlands on either side.
The bullet train will have a lot to offer like child feeding rooms, LCD screens and separate washrooms for men and women. It will also come with special facilities for the ill, a multi-purpose room with a folding bed, baggage rack and mirror. It will also include a freezer, hot case, facility to boil water and a tea and coffee maker.
The train is set to launch by 2023, connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai that will have 55 seats for business class passengers and 695 seats in the Economy section.
It will feature separate washrooms for men and women, a design that was finalized by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) was put in place for this. The urinals and toilets will be installed in alternate coaches in the train, for example, the toilets will be installed in coach number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 while urinals will be available in coach number 2, 4, 6, and 8.
Coaches will also feature LCD screens to display details like the current station, next station where the train would be halting, and destination along with schedule and expected time to reach the destination.
Most of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor will be elevated, except for a 21 km underground tunnel between Thane and Virar, of which 7 km will be under the sea.