Published on January 2, 2017
1. Does India currently need a bullet train/high speed train or does the government first need to focus on improving existing railway services?
2. INDIAN RAILWAY Indian Railways (IR / भा. रे) is an Indian state- owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world's largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 65,436 km (40,660 mi) and 7,172 stations. In 2014-15, IR carried 8.397 billion passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers a day (roughly half of whom were suburban passengers) and 1050.18 million tons of freight in the year.
3. In 2014–2015 Indian Railways had revenues of 1634.50 billion (US$26 billion) which consists of 1069.27 billion (US$17 billion) from freight and 402.80 billion (US$6.3 billion) from passengers tickets. Railways were first introduced to India in the year 1853 from Mumbai to Thane. In 1951 the systems were nationalised as one unit, the Indian Railways, becoming one of the largest networks in the world. IR operates both long distance and suburban on a multi-gauge network of broad, metre and narrow gauges.
4. It also owns locomotive and coach production facilities at several places in India and are assigned codes identifying their gauge, kind of power and type of operation. Its operations cover twenty nine states and seven union territories and also provide limited international services to Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Indian Railways is the world's seventh largest commercial or utility employer, by number of employees, with over 1.307 million employees as of last published figures in 2013. As for rolling stock, IR holds over 239,281 Freight
5. The trains have a 5 digit numbering system and runs 12,617 passenger trains and 7421 freight trains daily. As of 31 March 2013, 20,884 km (12,977 mi) (31.9%) of the total 65,436 km (40,660 mi) route length was electrified. Since 1960, almost all electrified sections on IR use 25,000 Volt AC traction through overhead catenary delivery.
6. HIGH SPEED TRAIN IN INDIA While India has one of the largest rail networks in the world, as of 2015 it does not have any kilometres classed as high-speed rail (HSR), which allows an operational speed of 200 km/h or more. Prior to the 2014 general election, the two major national parties (BJP and INC) both pledged to introduce high-speed rail. The Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor is an approved high-speed rail corridor in India connecting the cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
7. Diamond Quadrilateral BJP, which won the election, promised to build the Diamond Quadrilateral project, which would connect via high-speed rail the cities of Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
8. RESEARCH METHOLOGY Method: Secondary Data i. Indian Railway official website (www.indianrailway.gov.in) ii. Recent and past railway budget iii. Study of media iv. Online public review
9. Pros There will be creation of new jobs via this project. Industries and Organizations which used to send their representatives from business class of flights can use a new source of transportation if they are quite fine with the time issue. The bullet trains are very eco- friendly and do not harm the nature.
10. (2/2) All those who fear to travel in air can travel easily maintaining the same type of royalty. There will be a new mode of transportation in India and somewhere it’s a matter of pride too for Indians. The project is estimated to double its revenue in the next twenty years after its completion
11. Cons The estimated installation cost for 1 Km track is Rs. 115 Crores The security cost is too high Why will people prefer bullet trains if airways are doing the same job in less money and less time
12. (2/3) India is unable to maintain its basic train service and the Indian railways are in loss Yet to Start The middle class or a common man cannot think of bullet trains except emergencies because traveling in bullet trains can be a out of pocket issue
13. (3/3) Land Problem Only 40000 Passengers Barden to Tax Payer
14. Scenario in China Sources reveal that a country like China which is running bullet train for years is going to shut down its service due to constant losses. The bullet trains linking Beijing and Langfang will be shut down from March 1, 2015
15. General Manager (Western Railway) Bullet train project seems improper Western Railway (WR) has prepared a Rs 1,100 crore plan Improvement in Infrastructure SOURCE:- (23rd Nov 2014)
16. Suggestions Focus on improvement of existing railway Narrow gauge to Broad gauge Gatemen Signal Controlling Security
17. (2/2) Frequency of Trains Ticket Windows Time Management Double Line Ownership
18. Conclusion Hence it having chance that Bullet train in India may run vacant. But it is just a possibility. I am just saying Bullet train in India must be run but after thoroughly economic analysis not just for political gain.
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