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Why the Tejas idea works better than bullet trains

Ashok Datar  

The air-conditioned Tejas train, that will run at a speed of 130 km/hr, is about 50 to 60 per cent faster than the current Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. This train will be able to cover the Mumbai-Delhi distance of 1,349 km within 10 hours and Mumbai-Bangalore distance of 1,090 km in 9 hours (compared to the current time of 20 hours). There are several pairs of origins and destinations in India that can be covered between seven and 10 hours.

This will mean that people will only have to spend the night in the train and they can have the whole day free. Such small improvements can be very consumer-friendly and can wean away a lot of traffic from air travel.

Moreover, such medium-speed trains will not require an investment of more than Rs 40-50 crore per km as compared to the Rs 200 crore per km expense estimated for the bullet train. Such services, medium-speed and other innovative segmented travel options connecting several cities, are superior to the bullet train that will run only between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. These services will be financially viable to the railways, and can provide sustainable transportation between metros and emerging metros. There is also a great need for Antyodaya kind of trains.

The writer is a transport expert and chairman of Mumbai Environmental Social Network

Medium-speed trains will not require an investment of more than Rs 40-50 crore per km

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