11 September, New Delhi
The ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will be a landmark for the country’s advent for advanced technology and this will go a long way in “discarding” 160 year-old obsolete system, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said here Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will jointly lay the foundation stone for the much awaited Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project in Ahmedabad on Thursday, he said.”This is a golden opportunity where Indian Railways will be able to join the era of advanced technologies,” Goyal told reporters briefing on the role of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train and said this will “revolutionise and transform India’s transportation system”.
He said the project will give a boost to the Indian economy in the manner the launch of Maruti Suzuki in the 1970s brought transformation in the automobile sector in the country.To a question he said, “While the official target to complete the project is 2023, our focus will be to advance it to 2022”.
To come up at an estimated cost of Rs 1,08,000 cr, he said the project will also ensure that the Japan-based Shinkansen technology will also give a boost to economy and employment as it will generate 20,000 indirect construction job and 4,000 direct employment for operations. Besides, it will also give a boost to urban and industrial development along the corridor.During the period of construction it will also ensure additional job for 20,000 more people.
The Minister said when a high speed train operates this will have positive implications in the overall transport scenario. “I am glad to state here that this is also a cost-effective project. This project will also open avenues for export of cheap bullet trains in the time to come,” he said, adding like the manner Mumbai-Pune Express Highway brought sea change in the land transport in the western region, the project will “give India leapfrog jump to the cutting edge of latest train developments”.
Answering questions Goyal clarified that September 14 function to be graced by Prime Ministers Modi and Shinzo Abe will not only mark foundation laying ceremony but “it will be the commencement of work”.Advisor Infrastructure Sushant Mishra said a dedicated high-speed rail training institute is being developed at Vadodara.
“This institute will be functional by the end of 2020 and the facilities will be utilized to train about 4000 staff in next three years,” he said, adding 300 India Railway officials are also being trained in Japan to give them exposure in high speed track technology