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Rail Budget: A wish to have bullet trains in India
Last Updated : 20 Feb 2013 12:33:13 PM IST
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After 66 years of Independence, the dream to get High-Speed Trains or Bullet trains is yet to be fulfilled.

As far as Indian Railways development journey post independence is concerned, we are even struggling to provide high standards of cleanliness, safety and speed.

When we look at other countries like Japan, China, Italy and Europe, it is long-awaited wish of Indian citizens to ride on a high-speed train one day.

Meanwhile, Indian Railways have taken a concrete step in this regard by setting up a company called HSRC Ltd in July 2012.

Amidst political hurdles, finally Indian Railways took one step to realize the dream of crores of train commuters.

Union Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is set to table his first Rail Budget on February 26, 2013, is expected to announce the launching of Bullet Trains and separate budget to lay down high-speed main lines.

Here is the list of high-speed trains in different countries

The CRH380A high-speed train: This Chinese maintains high standard operating speed of 380/ km/h

Belgium’s HSL 1: This train runs at a speed of 300 km/h from Brussels to LGV Nord.

Italy’s Elettro Treno Rapido 500 (ETR 500) runs at a speed of 300 km/h.

Eurostar, United Kingdom has maximum speed of 300 km/h (186 mph), which connects London, Paris and Brussels.

Spain’s AVE Talgo-350: Runs at 330 km/h (205 mph).

Japan’s THSR 700T has speed of 335.50 km/h.

KTX II or KTX-Sancheon
, this South Korean train can reach speeds of up to 352.4 km/hour (218 mph).

The French-owned TGV Réseau (TGV-R): The train can run up to 380 km/hour speed.

The Shinkansen (or Bullet Train): This Japanese train has capacity to reach the speed of 443 km/h.

Germany’s Transrapid or TR-09: This monorail can hit a speed of 450 km/hour.

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