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All you need to know about India’s first bullet train with 350 km/hr top speed

India's first bullet train is expected to be ready by 2022.

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Japan has also offered its Shinkansen bullet train technology which is among the fastest in the world. Wikimedia Common
Japan has also offered its Shinkansen bullet train technology which is among the fastest in the world. Wikimedia Common
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NEW DELHI: After many years of tussle, India is finally on its way to get high-speed rail transportation in the form of the bullet train. A couple of months back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe has inked a deal for India’s first high-speed bullet train. The project was inaugurated near the Sabarmati River which will run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Japan has mastered the art of high-speed rail networks and will be extending full support to India. The crux of it can be taken out from the fact that since the beginning of Bullet trains in Japan, there is not even a single incident of an accident. Japan has also offered its Shinkansen bullet train technology which is among the fastest in the world.

India will be importing 24 high-speed trains from the Japan and rest will be manufactured in India. Wikimedia Commons
India will be importing 24 high-speed trains from the Japan and rest will be manufactured in India. Wikimedia Commons

With the approval of the Bullet train project, the government claims to revolutionize the whole railway infrastructure. But at the same time, critics have started raising a lot of questions regarding the safety-related issues of new this project. As Indian railways have already gone through a number of derailments incident in the recent past which have resulted in the loss of human lives. So, it would be better to revamp the existing structure rather than betting for new projects.

But now as the Bullet train has got the approval from the government’s side, it would be interesting to see the train journey to reach a whole new horizon. The highlight of the project goes as under:

• The project which is expected to be completed by 2022 will cover a stretch of 508 km and run at a maximum speed of 350 km per hour. The distance is supposed to be covered stretch in less than three hours.
• For the convenience of the customers, there will be two options on the offer:
a. High-speed: This option will take you to the destination in 2.58 hours.
b. Rapid high-speed: This option will take lesser time as compared to the other and will cover the distance in 2.07 hours.
• There is an estimated cost of Rs1,10,000 crore for the 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project. Japan will be aiding the project with a soft loan of Rs 88,000 crore and the grace period will of 15 years. Moreover, the time period for repayment of the loan will be for 50 years and the interest rate would be as low as 0.1%. The total cost of the project will be collectively borne by Indian Railways, Maharashtra and Gujarat governments.

Bullet train project will generate around 15 lakh new jobs. Wikimedia Commons
Bullet train project will generate around 15 lakh new jobs. Wikimedia Commons

• The presently proposed stations will include Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati.
• As per the reports of the railway ministry, the Bullet train will be zooming at the speed of 320 kilometers per hour and maximum speed will clock at 350 kilometers per hour. Thus, with the given speed, the train would take 2 hours and 58 minutes.
• According to the drafted plan, Bullet train will make70 rides to and fro from Ahmedabad to Mumbai a day.
• India will be importing 24 high-speed trains from the Japan and rest will be manufactured in India.
• High-speed train corridor will include an elevated, underground and undersea tunnel. The train will be running 21 kilometers underground and out of that there will be 7 kilometers travel under the sea.
• The Bullet train will be serving around 1300 passenger at one go with it’s 10 and 16 coaches and will have a business and standard class with prices comparable with the base AC 2-tier fare of the Rajdhani Express.

The Bullet Train will have business and standard class. Wikimedia Commons
The Bullet Train will have business and standard class. Wikimedia Commons

• Indian Railways and National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited will be taking care of the provided services in the Bullet Train.
• The project will need around 825 hectares of land with the construction of tunnels between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai.
• The proposed employment from the Bullet train project will generate around 15 lakh new jobs which will include about 4,000 technical staff.
• The next project of Indian Railways will include a high-speed train from Delhi to Amritsar via Chandigarh. The estimated route will be of 458 km long and will take around 2 hours and 30 minutes to run the entire distance.

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Award Winning Project Helps In Hunting Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing and overfishing deplete fish stocks worldwide,

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Fish are seen in a fish market near the canal of Port Said, Egypt, March 18, 2018.
Fish are seen in a fish market near the canal of Port Said, Egypt, March 18, 2018. VOA

Drones guided by artificial intelligence to catch boats netting fish where they shouldn’t were among the winners of a marine protection award on Friday and could soon be deployed to fight illegal fishing, organizers said.

The award-winning project aims to help authorities hunt down illegal fishing boats using drones fitted with cameras that can monitor large swaths of water autonomously.

Illegal fishing and overfishing deplete fish stocks worldwide, causing billions of dollars in losses a year and threatening the livelihoods of rural coastal communities, according to the United Nations.

The National Geographic Society awarded the project, co-developed by Morocco-based company ATLAN Space, and two other innovations $150,000 each to implement their plans as it marked World Oceans Day on Friday.

The aircraft can cover a range of up to 700 km (435 miles) and use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to drive them in search of fishing vessels, said ATLAN Space’s founder, Badr Idrissi.

“Once (the drone) detects something, it goes there and identifies what it’s seeing,” Idrissi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

Idrissi said the technology, which is to be piloted in the Seychelles later this year, was more effective than traditional sea patrols and allowed coast guards to save money and time.

From satellites tracking trawlers on the high seas to computer algorithms identifying illegal behaviors, new technologies are increasingly coming to the aid of coast guards worldwide.

The head of a model fish is seen hanging in front a banner during a protest against overfishing outside the European Union Council in Brussels, May 13, 2013.
The head of a model fish is seen hanging in front a banner during a protest against overfishing outside the European Union Council in Brussels, May 13, 2013. VOA

AI allows the drones to check a boat’s identification number, establish whether it is fishing inside a protected area or without permit, verify whether it is known to authorities and count people on board, Idrissi said.

If something appears to be wrong, it can alert authorities.

Other winners were Marine Conservation Cambodia, which uses underwater concrete blocks to impede the use of bottom-dragged nets, and U.S.-based Pelagic Data Systems, which plans to combat illegal fishing in Thailand with tracking technologies.

“The innovations from the three winning teams have the potential to greatly increase sustainable fishing in coastal systems,” National Geographic Society’s chief scientist Jonathan Baillie said in a statement.

Much of the world’s fish stocks are overfished or fully exploited, according the U.N. food agency, and fish consumption rose above 20 kilograms per person in 2016 for the first time.

Fish swim in the Mediterranean sea on the south coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain.
Fish swim in the Mediterranean sea on the south coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain. VOA

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Global marine catches have declined by 1.2 million tons a year since 1996, according to The Sea Around Us, a research initiative involving the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Australia. (VOA)