Lonely Planet Writer

Japan to build India’s first bullet train

Japanese engineers have won the contract to build India’s first bullet train, which will cover the 534 km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in just two hours, travelling at speeds of up to 350 mph.

A Japanese bullet train.
A Japanese bullet train. Image by hairyeggg / CC BY-SA 2.0

The bidding process was closely contested by China, but the deadly accident at Wenzhou in 2011, which was blamed on design flaws, is thought to have swayed the committee. Once complete, the bullet train will shave up to nine hours off the journey time from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, and there are plans to extend the line on from Ahmedabad to Delhi, but the project will cost an estimated 98,000 crore rupees (US$14 billion). Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com