A pioneer in the field of amalgamating technology and transportation, world superpower China is all ready to again amaze us all with its fresh and upcoming project. The government of the country has recently revealed its plans of making the route of the of it’s indigenous Bullet Train underwater. The line will connect Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, to Zhoushan, an archipelago off the east coast, as reported by news broadcaster CNN. The approval of the project made the headlines as it got revealed to the world on November 29, 2018.
The proposed underwater tunnel route will be a part of the 77-km Yong-Zhou Railway route. The main objective behind this plan is to boost tourism in the region and also to create a two-hour-commuting zone within the Zhejiang province.
The project was first time mentioned in a government transportation plan long back in 2005, but the feasibility study of the Yong-Zhou Railway plan was approved in November.
Along the aforementioned 77 km railway route, some 70.92 km of tracks will be newly built, including a 16.2 km undersea section.
The new path will be able to transport travellers from Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang, to Zhoushan city. The current journey from Hangzhou to Zhoushan takes about 4.5 hours approximately by bus and stands to be a long 2.5-hour drive by personal car or cab.
Adding to this, seven stations are planned for the entire route, including four new stations and three redeveloped ones.
Monetarily weighing it, the whole project stands at a skyrocketing sum of 25.2 billion yuan ($3 billion), and is expected to begin next year and is due for completion by 2025.
That being said, we definitely can’t wait for the route to get completed soon and look forward to more such innovative ideas in the field of transportation and science that in turn provide a major impetus to the travel and tourism industry.