Japan Builds India's First Bullet Train
Japan has agreed to help India build its first bullet train. An Indian version of Japan's high-speed train, the Shinkansen, will travel on a route between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, reducing the travelling time from 7 hours to two hours.
The joint venture between Japan and India is the start of a government program that will improve India's railways and speed up travelling. Japan has promised to give India 12 billion dollars in loans to finance the train and provide the necessary technology.
With the signing of the agreement Japan has beaten China, which also wants to become India's partner in building the subcontinent's high speed rail system. China is currently helping India in other ways. They are training Indian railway engineers and setting up a railway university .
According to experts Japan won the deal to provide high-speed trains, because the Shinkansen is fast and reliable.
Other foreign companies are competing to sell technology for India's transportation system. France and Spain are conducting surveys to examine how high-speed trains would affect passenger travel in India.
Apart from the bullet train agreement , Japan and India have announced that they will cooperate in defence and other areas.
Construction of the bullet train will begin in 2017 and be completed five years later. Over the next decade, the Indian government plans to spend over 100 billion dollars to modernize a railway network, that dates back to the 19th century when the British built the major lines.
Indian railways are important for the country's economy. They are the most important means of travel for a majority of the population.
Shinkansen Bullet Train - Image: Rsa
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