Just few days back we saw how engineless train in India was put to trial run. This train is said to soon replace the engine trains in the country. With Railways making massive progress under the Narendra Modi government, we also saw India and Japan signing the bullet train project which will be ready by 2022.
But now, India will soon see a underwater train which will link Mumbai and Dubai. According to a Khaleej Times report, UAE is looking to developing underwater rail network between Fujairah, UAE and Mumbai, India. In near future, resident of both nations might travel via undersea rail link. The report also stated that apart from the rail network for passenger transit, there are plans facilitating the exchange of goods from India to UAE and export of oil through a pipeline as well.
The report quoted the founder of National Advisor Bureau Limited, Alshehhi saying, “This is a concept. We plan to connect Indian city of Mumbai with Fujairah through ultra-speed floating trains. The project aims to boost bilateral trade.
The main reason this project was taken up was to export 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.”
It is well known how PM Modi utilizes the available assets in India and get them exchanged for imported goods. He had signed a deal with Iran where in he got oil in exchange for rice. This had greatly reduced the prices of oil, now he is all set to get oil from Dubai in exchange of water.
Alshehhi further said that many facts are to be taken into consideration for this concept to take shape and become reality. There will be a feasibility study of the project first to find out whether it is possible for such a rail network to work. The total rail network between the two cities will less than 2,000 Km.
The Indian government is said to have expressed co-operation and expressed interest in the project. Definitely with the improvements being brought in to the railways, it is no doubt that India and Dubai may take up this joint venture to build a underwater train link between the two countries.