Southern Indian state Karnataka plans to introduce bullet trains from Bangalore to Mysore and Chennai with funding and technology support from Japan.
In addition to relieving passenger congestion, the bullet trains are expected to significantly reduce journey times between the cities.
It is expected that the travel time for the 150km distance from Bangalore to Mysore will be 30 minutes, while the 360km distance between Bangalore and Chennai will be covered in 60 minutes, according to the Business Standard.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters: "I have invited Japanese experts for discussions with Indian Railways and our officials to explore introducing bullet trains initially between Bangalore and Mysore and Chennai to provide high-speed travel between intra and inter-cities."
Karnataka will also explore the possibility of running high-speed trains to other cities like Hubli and Mangalore.
The state will hold the third Global Investors’ Meet (GIM) in Bangalore in October 2014 to attract foreign investments across the state in various areas of development.
The Indian Railways’ Vision 2020 document envisages the implementation of at least four high-speed rail projects to provide bullet train services at 250kmph-350kmph.