India is a country of numbers – big ones at that! India is the 7th largest country in the world in terms of geographical area and its rail network is one of the largest in the world, covering more than 110,000 kilometers. India’s rail network is pretty old too.
The first tracks were laid down in 1853. However, despite being the 4th largest rail network of the world, India still does not have single high speed bullet trains and they don’t even have the rail line that can support high speed trains (running over 200 kilometers per hour). But the government of India is now planning the high speed rail lines to support the bullet trains.
If the proposed plan gets materialized, India may soon have its very first bullet train ever. It is very likely that whenever the plan is executed, the high speed bullet trains will be imported from Japan.
Bullet train is usually used to refer to the passenger trains that run at a very high speed. These trains were invented in Japan and were named so because of their slim shape and size. These trains may run at a speed as high as 300 kilometer per hour. However, as already mentioned, these trains cannot be run in India as of yet because they need a special railway track to support such a high speed.
Since India has a huge rail network, a complete makeover of it will not be possible for decades. However, the government is planning a test run between the major cities of Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. The first track to be laid out will be between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The new corridor and the state of art train will cover the distance of over 500 kilometers in less than two hours. There will only be 5 stoppages in between.