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Construction : Web Exclusive | December 2018 | Source : CW-India

UAE plans underwater bullet train from Mumbai to Fujairah to boost connectivity. Here’s more!

UAE’s National Advisor Bureau has proposed a plan of connecting Mumbai to the city of Fujairah in the UAE through an underwater rail network. Besides boosting passenger connectivity, the proposed rail network is also expected to transport goods and oil exports.

With ultra-speed floating trains, the plan will reportedly connect the Indian city of Mumbai with Fujairah. Besides, the project also aims to boost bilateral trade. The project will not only benefit the UAE and India but also others in the region. The export of oil to India from Fujairah port and import of excess water from Narmada River, north of Mumbai, is expected.

The total length of the project is expected to be nearly 2,000 km and the distance between the two cities will be reduced to two hours, with the train speed of 1,000 kmph. Underwater part could possibly pose unique challenges, and hence, a feasibility study of the project will reportedly be carried out.

A floating hotel, fuel stations and rest areas have reportedly been included in the madcap tunnel design, and the floating underwater tunnel will consist of two curved concrete tubes, submerged below the surface of the Arabian Sea. In order to allow the ships to pass through, enough space between the pontoons will be created, with the tubes being placed underwater to avoid water traffic and weather.

 
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