Gujarat Global News Network, New Delhi
The proposed fare of bullet train journey between Ahmedabad- Mumbai would be Rs.3,000. Passengers will have to pay fares for ride in the ambitious bullet train ranging from Rs.250 to Rs.3,000 depending on their destination.
Achal Khare, the managing director of National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL), told reporters that the fares are based on present projections and calculations. It would be Rs 3,000 between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and as low as Rs 250 between Banda-Kurla Complex (BKC) and Thane, he said. A taxi takes anywhere between one and one and a half hours to travel between Thane and Banda-Kurla Complex and charges around Rs 650.
But with the high-speed train, the journey time will come down to only 15 minutes and Rs 250 in fare, he said, adding the fares would be 1.5 times higher than AC first class fares.
The fare would be more than Rs.3,000 for business class. “The journey will be much more affordable and less time consuming than in a flight, if the trip to the airport, getting boarding passes and security checks are taken into consideration,” he said.
Food will be complimentary in business class and will be available in other coaches as well. A train set comprises 10 ‘standard’ coaches, one of which will be business class.
Khare said construction work under the project could start as early as December this year, by which time land acquisition is expected to be over. The ministry would require 1,415 hectare of land for the project, and has earmarked Rs 10,000 crore for its acquisition.
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