SSundar wrote:Chetak, in air crashes, head-on collisions are the rarest of rare due to technology that prevents it. In HSR, collisions and derailments are the biggest killers. The same technology measures can be used to minimize or eliminate those. Japan has had a crash free run of HSRs for decades.
All other crash scenarios such as dead engine, stalling, flying into a mountain in low visibility, terrorist bombing, etc. are unlikely or more survivable in HSR.
You are comparing apples to oranges. In Japan you have a highly disciplined , law abiding society where people follow rules and have far greater civic sense.
In India you have absolute anarchy where people cannot even drive on lanes.. oh forget lanes, not even resist riding on sidewalks on their motorcycles, have no discipline, you have cows on the roads, you have pigs running around , you can't even have garbage segregated , collected and properly managed because it is all mafia and corruption driven top to bottom, you have people throwing stones at normal Indian Railway trains and hurting passengers seriously (I shudder to think what will happen when these yahoos throw stones at a train running at 250 mph), heck, you can't even have morons control their bladders and feel it is a God given right to urinate wherever they want, and morons in Chi-Chi apartments like mine still think it is their right to get their dogs poo all over the place and it is the housekeeping folks job to clean up , and it literally takes the pain of very serious action to get them and active policing to clean up and they still take the opportunity to cheat and leave lump of dog turd all over when no one is looking and they can get away with it .
And THIS is the kind of place where you think you can have stuff like fenced off uninterrupted safe tracks (the fences will be cut within 2 hrs of it it being built for people to access the other side of their tracks for whatever purposes), and there will be innumerable cases of cattle and people and whatever being hit by the high speed trains ? We first need to get lot more civilised in our public behaviour and get a lot richer and less uncouth before we think of stuff like this.
In the mean time, get more airplanes in the air , rationalise the ridiculous taxation rubbish that is ruining airlines, kick all the Baboons in Rajiv Bhavan / Civil Aviation Ministry in the nuts and send them home and put some rational industry people in their place to regulate the industry on rational lines and you will have a faster, safer and lot cheaper mass long distance transit system in place (at much lesser financial and other risks) and a system that actually makes money in the process , rather than a perpetual bottomless subsidy mooching pit.