Modi-led NDA government wanted to run the first bullet train by August 15, 2022.
What makes Japan's Shinkansen trains most sought after?
The Shinkansen bullet train system, which literally means the 'new trunk line', is the world's first system for high-speed trains running at speeds of up to 320 km/hour.
The Shinkansen train is quite safe with an impressive record in Japan. Over its 50-year history, it has had zero passenger fatalities despite frequent earthquakes and typhoons.
How to run the Japanese technology in India with the same efficiency, the Shinkansen is known for?
Construction of the High-Speed Training Institute, an integral part of the bullet train project, is underway in Vadodara. The Rs 6 billion project of building the institute is crucial because as per the agreement with the Japanese, continuous training of manpower is essential to run the system smoothly. By 2023, around 3,500 personnel need to be ready with adequate skills so that the system can roll out
Last week, Tarun Kathhpadia, Executive Team Leader, Japan International Consultants for Transportation Co said, "The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed project's training centre is the heart of the bullet train project. The Japanese government is funding us and will give their technology to us. Later, the Japanese trainers will come here and will train us how to run the bullet trains besides highlighting other technical aspects."
"Bullet train will run at 350km/hr speed. We have to ensure that in India also the bullet train runs with the same quality and parameters at which it runs in Japan. JIC is the supervising consultant. They are here to ensure that the work is done at the best quality, on time and under proper security measures", he added.