A journey in the high-speed, state-of-the-art Maglev trains that can run at a speed of 500 kmph, will not remain a distant dream for Indians anymore.
Indian Railways has decided to introduce Maglev (short for magnetic levitation) trains in India.
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Indian Railways has instructed Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) to prepare a detailed project report for the same within a period of six months. The first stretch of the project is to be implemented within three years.
“We would be very closely associated with RITES as they would collect all the required data after which we would together do the analysis of the sufficiently high clientele sectors where Maglev can be implemented,” Nitin Chowdhary, executive director, mechanical engineering (development), Ministry of Railways told Live Mint.
Maglev trains run at speeds ranging from 350 kmph to 500 kmph. The Japan Maglev train that reached a speed of 600 kmph holds the current record for highest speed. Magnetic levitation technology allows the train to run without touching the ground and it remains elevated at 1 to 6 inches above the ground through a system of magnets, thereby eliminating friction.
Chowdhary added that the notion about this project being expensive is not true. Railways has been in talks with several experts in the industry and it seems to be economically viable.
The project will be implemented on a PPP (public-private partnership) basis. It will be guided by a core incubator group with a mandate to develop Maglevs. The Ministry of Railways had released a call for expression of interest for the project in July this year. According to reports, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is in talks with the Zurich-based company SwissRapide AG for the same.