UAE is planning to build a 2,000-km-long underwater rail that will connect Mumbai to Fujairah city in the UAE, Middle East. The news came to light during the UAE-India Conclave organised in Abu Dhabi.
Abdulla Alshehhi, National Advisor Bureau Limited Managing Director and Chief Consultant, said that the concept and plans are to connect Mumbai in India with Fujairah city via ultra-speed floating trains. With this project, the UAE aims to boost bilateral trade with India.
This is more or less a give and take project, wherein India will be getting oil from the UAE and will export the excess freshwater from the Narmada River through pipelines to Middle East country. This move will also improve other export and import in future.
Mr Alshehhi further mentioned that the concept will certainly take some time to materialise as there are several aspects that need to be taken care of before. He said that a feasibility study of cities and countries would be done before starting the project.
As of now, it is not only the UAE that is working towards building an underwater rail network, for China is also planning an underwater connection with Russia, Canada, and the USA in near future. Talking about within India, Mumbai and Ahmedabad will also enjoy a high-speed train connectivity by 2022.