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Tunnel vision: could underwater project connect the UAE and India?

National Advisor Bureau Limited says Fujairah-Mumbai Subsea Tunnel Project is currently in its concept stage

Tunnel vision: could underwater project connect the UAE and India?
The tunnel could also be used to export oil and gas from Fujairah Port to India, according to its backer.

The National Advisor Bureau Limited, a Masdar City-based consultancy, has announced a futuristic project to connect the UAE with India via a subsea tunnel carrying a high-speed railway line.

The Fujairah-Mumbai Subsea Tunnel Project is currently in its concept stage but managing director, Abdulla Alshehhi, would improve the bilateral trade between the two nations.

He said the main expected benefits of the project would be to transport passengers, tourists and workers between the UAE - as well as other GCC countries - and India.

According to Alshehhi, the tunnel would also be used to export oil and gas from Fujairah Port to India and import water from Narmada River, north of Mumbai, to the UAE.

It could also transport goods and commodities between both nations and supply bunker fuel to ships passing between the floating pontoons via a floating bunker fuel station.

He said future train stations may also include the port city of Karachi in Pakistan and Muscat, the capital city of Oman.

Future plans may also include making provision for a road to be constructed within the tunnel for cars and trucks as well as a floating hotel, shopping centres and fuel stations.

He added that the speed of trains can be set to the range of  600-1000km/h, with the 1,826km distance between Mumbai to Fujairah station covered within two to four hours while Gawader port in Pakistan to Fujairah can be covered within one hour.

Alshhehi is the founder of the National Advice Bureau, a consultancy firm based in Masdar city in Abu Dhabi. The firm specialises in creative and innovative projects.

He is also the author of the book Filling The Empty Quarter, which offers out-of-the-box ideas in water harvesting and saving technologies to help transform the Empty Quarter Desert into blooming gardens.

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