Source: Nikkei. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transp ... l-concernsBitter memories of a tunneling misadventure a century ago resurface
Source: Nikkei. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transp ... l-concerns
Source: Nikkei. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transp ... l-concernsTOKYO -- The Linear Chuo Shinkansen project of Central Japan Railway, the train operator better known as JR Tokai, has run into vehement objections from local authorities along the planned line. Shizuoka Prefecture has refused to approve the start of tunnel work in Japan's Southern Alps on the grounds that it would be detrimental to local water resources.
JR Tokai and the local government remain far apart. The railway operator announced in April that the total project cost is expected to balloon by 1.5 trillion yen (about $13.7 billion) on the initial estimate of 7 trillion yen (about $64.2 billion) because of construction challenges.
Residents along the planned route are meanwhile concerned by what happened about a century ago with the Tanna Tunnel project on the Tokaido line between Atami and Kannami in Shizuoka. When construction work was launched on what was considered a major engineering challenge, huge amounts of water poured into the basin and seeped away, leaving nothing for agricultural needs. Local farmers were paid compensation by the national government, but water did not return to the basin. The incident has never been forgotten locally, and there are concerns it might be repeated.
If the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line opens, its estimated economic benefit has been put at 16.8 trillion yen -- about $154 billion. A fresh start may now have to be made to balance economic interests with environmental concerns.