2 Hour Ride From Fujairah to Mumbai by Ultraspeed Floating Train
Two hours! What can you do in two hours? Drive with the window panes down from Bangalore to Mysore, watch football, go gyming or may be fly to Mumbai from Delhi. But ever thought of traveling from Mumbai to Fujairah in a couple of hours by rail! You heard it right, BY RAIL!
In the thick of the latest innovations budding in the world of transport, UAE has plans to build and design an underwater bullet train to boost connectivity with India. The futuristic concept that is being explored by UAE's National Advisor Bureau Limited (NABL) is receiving all the limelight in the field of science and technology, lately. The bureau looks forward to a possible and easy connectivity to India with this initiative.
As per the plans, the space-age concept will not only cater to passengers but even to the governments for the exchange of materialistic exports such as goods and oils. In a gathering of businessmen and experts, Chief Consultant Abdulla Alshehhi during the UAE-India Conclave in Abu Dhabi set the records straight by saying, “We plan to connect Indian city of Mumbai with Fujairah through ultra-speed floating trains. The project aims to boost bilateral trade. There will be an export of oil to India from Fujairah port and import of excess water from Narmada River, north of Mumbai. In addition, other GCC partners can also improve export and import,”
The technology, as put out by the authorities, will have a floating underwater tunnel consisting of two curved concrete tubes submerged below the surface attached to pontoons or vertical tethers to the Arabian Sea. These submerged tubes will act as the seafloor stabilising the tunnel. They would be placed underwater, deep enough to avoid water traffic and weather. Enough gaps present between the pontoons will allow ships to pass through as well.
In two hours, the distance to be covered underwater from Mumbai to Fujairah station is 1826km/h and the speed of the train, accordingly, is set to be 1000 km/h. In response, the Indian government is yet to release any official statement over the reports with regards to the underwater train. Some sources, as told to Quint, claims the information to be yet an assessment and have no further details to spill.
The world and the stakeholders are eager to see if the project will catch on as it will turn out to be profitable for both the countries. Till then, let time do its thing and we can keep up hopes.