1. In Narendra Modi government’s first bullet train project, Railways to roll-out E5 Shinkansen trains on upcoming Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor; check features

In Narendra Modi government’s first bullet train project, Railways to roll-out E5 Shinkansen trains on upcoming Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor; check features

Indian Railways passengers can look forward to an entirely new kind of toilet system

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 11, 2017 3:04 PM
Indian Railways, Indian Railways news, Indian Railways latest news, Indian Railways new toilets, railway toilets, E5 Shinkansen, E5 Shinkansen toilets, E5 series Shinkansen bullet train The 731-seater E5 series Shinkansen bullet train, a new generation Japanese high speed train, will also have multi- purpose room to be used for breast feeding and also for sick passengers. (Representative Image: Reuters)

Indian Railways passengers can look forward to an entirely new kind of toilet system — urinals, western style toilets with hot water and washing closet seat facility and separate washrooms for men and women equipped with triple mirrors for make-up. The E5 Shinkansen series bullet trains to be pressed into service on the upcoming Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed corridor will also have baby changing rooms comprising baby toilet seats, tables for diaper disposal and a low sink for children for washing hands. Railways is gearing up to acquire 25 E5 Shinkasen series bullet trains from Japan at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore for the Narendra Modi government’s first bullet train project.

The 731-seater E5 series Shinkansen bullet train, a new generation Japanese high speed train, will also have multi- purpose room to be used for breast feeding and also for sick passengers. Besides, there will be two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers in the 10-coach high speed train.

Facilities of separate rest rooms and toilets for men and women while introducing wall mounted type urinals for men in the high speed train are in the offing for the first time in Indian Railways, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the Rs 1 lakh crore bullet train project. However, urinals and toilets will be installed in alternate coaches in the train. For example, toilets will be installed in coach number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 while urinals will be available in coach number 2, 4, 6 and 8.

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Washrooms for men and women will also be placed in similar way. There will be luggage space for business class passengers in the train. Besides business, there will be also Standard class passengers. While the train will have 698 seats for Standard class, 55 seats will be earmarked for Business class.

The bullet train with seating facility will take about 2 hours 7 minutes to travel 508-km distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Most of the corridor will be elevated, except for a 21 km underground tunnel between Thane and Virar, of which 7 km will be under sea. The undersea tunnel was chosen to avoid damaging the thick vegetation present in the area.

The corridor will begin at the underground station in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and then traverse 21 km underground before emerging above ground at Thane.

JICA has agreed to fund 81 per cent of the total project cost through a 50-year loan at an interest rate of 0.1 per cent and a moratorium on repayments up to 15 years.

Indian Railways will invest Rs 9,800 crore in the high- speed rail project and the remaining cost will be borne by the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

  1. Manas Sarkar
    Jun 13, 2017 at 9:32 am
    We need the technology. Once it enter the india, everywhere there will be bullet train similar like metro. In future we can make a better bullet train, as India have talents.
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      James
      Jun 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm
      The representative picture which was taken from Reuters is that of the Chinese HSR, not the anese HSR. Please edit!
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      1. V Kumar
        Jun 12, 2017 at 8:14 pm
        Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will use standard gauge unlike indian gauge which broad gauge.This means Indian Railway train cannot be be run on bullet train track.I feel its waste of money as we cannot optimize the usage .Need comment from what others think on this line.
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          Vishwas Patil
          Jun 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm
          Finance arrangement most attractive. 0.1 interest; loan repayable in 50 years with 15 year's moratorium. The only risk is Yen exchange rate. But this is acceptable risk. It is Rs. 96,000 crore project. With 698 seats and 2 hr. journey will almost end Mumbai-Ahmedabad passenger air traffic. A lot saving on jet fuel and easing aircraft traffic load on Mumbai airport. Even uming anese firm keep 20-25 margin, the terms seem good for India. Any idea what is the local component of the total project cost? Cannot less than 25-30 .
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          1. Chandrasekaran Venkataraman
            Jun 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm
            What is the exact apportionment of cost - Centre, Maharashtra and Gujarat ? Is there no percentage apportionment, but just Rs.9800 crore ? Who will bear escalations etc. ?
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              Abdullah
              Jun 11, 2017 at 3:22 pm
              luxury in the form of improved toilets in these trains who needs it ultimate disaster for the nation after spending crores on it what about the regional connectivity those who having money can use the planes to travel it will end up making loss after few years and the government will increase the rail fares already they have introduced suvidha trains where fares are very abnormal
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