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In the near future, Indians may relish underwater 'floating rail' travel between United Arab Emirates' Fujairah town and Mumbai, one similar to London to Paris.
According to a Dubai-based Khaleej Times report, UAE-based company National Adviser Bureau plans to build an underwater rail network between Fujairah and Mumbai soon to provide high-speed rail travel between the two countries.
"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. There will be the export of 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," Khaleej Times quoted National Advisor Bureau Managing Director and chief consultant Abdulla Alshehhi as saying.
According to the report, the total rail network will be around 2,000 km. Apart from passenger transit, Alshehhi said there are plans to facilitate the exchange of goods from India to UAE and export of oil through a pipeline too.
Floating trains or 'Maglev' use magnet repulsion system to move the 'train' at a great velocity taking advantage of the lack of friction. The high-speed Maglev trains are presently under operations in China and Japan, yet several countries like Australia, United States, Israel, and the United Kingdom have plans to introduce the rail system.