New Delhi: Pioneering in running bullet trains, Japan has shown its keenness on helping India promote its high-speed railway plan. Recently, a delegation led by the Japanese Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism  had arrived in India to conduct pre-feasibility study of six proposed corridors for high-speed train networks and adopt the most advanced high-speed train technology.

Japan on Friday hosted a high-speed train technology seminar in New Delhi. The two-day long seminar was attended by Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, Indian Railway Board members, Finance Ministry officials and Planning Commission officials. The seminar was hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism together with Japanese shinkansen railway operators.

The efforts from both the sides are expected to be fruitful in the direction of promoting high-speed train system. The experts briefed the participants at the seminar about the operating system and its safety mechanism adopted by Japan for running bullet trains.

The leader of the delegation assured that Japan will provide India the best high-speed rail networks in the world. The delegation also added that the recent bullet train crash in China was caused by design flaws and sloppy safety which turned into an embarrassment for it.

The Ministry of Railways has selected six corridors for conducting pre-feasibility studies. These are: Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar, Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijaywada-Chennai, Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam-Trivandrum, Howrah-Haldia and Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi.

The consultants for pre-feasibility study for four corridors have already been appointed namely M/s Systra, M/s Italffer and M/s RITES Limited for Pune–Mumbai–Ahmedabad; M/s Mott MacDonald for Delhi-Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi-Patna; M/s INECO, M/s PROINTEC, M/s Ayesa for Howrah-Haldia; M/s. Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and Oriental Consultancy along with Parsons Brinkhoff India for Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijaywada-Chennai.

The final report of pre-feasibility study for Pune-Mumbai-Hyderabad high speed rail corridor has already been submitted by the consultant.

However, the process of appointing consultants for the corridors Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar and Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam-Trivandrum is still going on.

The members of the Japanese delegation included Ryuhei Maeda, DG for International Affairs, MLIT, Akhihiko Tamura, Sr Dy DG, Railway Bureau, MLIT, Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan, Satoshi Seino, President, East Japan Railway Company, Tadaharu Ohashi, Chairman, Kawasaki Heavy Industry and Makoto Washizu, President, Japan International Transport Institute. Indian Railways delegation consisted of Shri Vinay Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board, Vijaya Kanth, Financial Commissioner, KK Srivastava, Member Traffic, AK Vohra, Member Staff, Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical, AP Mishra, Member Engineering and Shri Sanjiv Handa, Member Mechanical.

“Japan has revolutionized travel by providing a fast, reliable, safe and comfortable means of transport. Apart from Japan, China, Germany, Spain and France have also shown interest in the Indian rail sector,” Trivedi said.

India has one of the largest rail networks in the world but it doesn’t have any high-speed rail lines capable of travelling 200 to 300 km/h.