Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train: Indian Railways’, Rs 81,000 crore dedicated, the first high-speed rail project is expected to be completed on time, in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a PTI report mentioned Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav as saying.
This high-speed rail corridor, connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai has a deadline of December 2023. But India’s first high-speed train project had to go through various issues like protests by the landowners, the increasing cost of the project because of the increasing gap between the Japanese currency yen and the Indian rupee. The Ahmedabad-Mumbai corridor project is being executed by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL).
Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train: As per the report, NHSRCL has completed 68 percent of the project’s civil works tenders by covering a distance of 345 km out of 508 kilometers along with a separate tender for the fabrication of as many as 28 steel bridges in Maharashtra for the Bullet Train corridor.
Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train: NHSRCL further stated, the joint measurement survey of the land required for the bullet train project is almost on the edge of completion. The corporation has already acquired almost 60 percent of the land needed for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai corridor. In the project around 77 percent of the land is in Gujarat, 80 percent of the land is in Dadar Nagar Haveli and 22 percent of the land is in Maharashtra.
The Railway Board Chairman, Vinod Kumar Yadav, said the physical work on the high-speed train project is yet to start. However, currently, the tendering process is on and the process of land acquisition is underway, he added. In order to solve the bidders’ query, a pre-bid meeting was also organized through video conferencing amid the lockdown period.
Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train: The bullet train will drastically reduce the travel time with speeds of over 300 kilometers per hour. It is being estimated that the bullet train will reduce the travel time between Ahmedabad and Mumbai to only two hours.