New bullet train connections to cut travel time between Indian cities

THE INDIAN government has approved the construction of a high-speed rail link between the western cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the first of seven such rail connections in the pipeline, according to The Straits Times.

To be built at the cost of 630 billion rupees (US$11.3 billion), the 492km rail link is expected to cut the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad from 7 hours to 2.5 hours.

The project is envisaged to take about eight years to complete.

Similar high-speed rail connections are being mapped out between Chennai and Hyderabad in the south; New Delhi, Amritsar (Punjab) and Patna (Bihar) in the north; and Ernakulam and Trivandrum in Kerala.

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