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Japan to train 1,000 Indian engineers before transfer of bullet train tech

  • Published
    2nd May, 2023
Context

Japanese experts will train 1,000 Indian engineers for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail corridor before starting work on the track system.

Key-highlights

  • The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will use the ballast-less Slab Track system (popularly known as the J Slab track system), which is used in Japan's Shinkansen high-speed railways.
  • Slab Track consists of precast Reinforced Concrete (RC) slab, over which fastening devices and rails are fitted. 
  • The Japanese track system is unparalleled globally, and its installation requires technicians with exceptional proficiency. 
  • 20 Japanese experts will certify the skills of Indian engineers, supervisors and technicians through intensive training, paving the way for the transfer of technology to the Japanese HSR track system.
  • JARTS, a Japanese non-profit, nominated by Japan International Cooperation Agency  (JICA), will provide training for the MAHSR project.

India’s First Bullet Train Project

  • Presently, MAHSAR is the only sanctioned high-speed rail project in the country.
  • The High-Speed Rail operating at 320 mph will traverse along west India’s landscape, covering a 508.17 km distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in just about two hours. 
  • This will save time compared to current travel time between the two terminal stations by about nine hours (by bus) or six hours (by conventional railways).
  • It will cover 155.76 km in Maharashtra, 4.3 km in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and 348.04 km in Gujarat, with 12 stations en route.
  • The first trial run of the MAHSR project is scheduled for August 2026 between Surat and Bilimora (63 km).
  • The government is yet to determine a final deadline for the entire project.

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