AHMEDABAD (Metro Rail News): Big industry players, including Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Tata Projects, JMC Projects and NCC have evinced interest in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. As technical bids for the design and construction of 237 kilometres in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor was opened on Wednesday, a total of three bids were submitted — by L&T and two separate consortia of companies.
The first consortium includes Afcons Infrastructure, IRCON International and JMC Projects, while the second group of companies include NCC, Tata Projects and J. Kumar Infra Projects.
The tender covers about 47 per cent of the total alignment, between Vapi and Vadodara in Gujarat. This includes four stations — including Vapi, Billimora, Surat and Bharuch — and also includes a river and 30 road crossings. This entire section is in Gujarat, where more than 83 per cent of the land has been acquired for the project.
The National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), which is responsible for executing the Mumbai –Ahmedabad high-speed project, said it will alone create more than 90,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase. Not just the employment market but even the manufacturing sector is expected to gain from the project.
This comes at a time when the NHSRCL is working on seven new projects — including Delhi-Varanasi, Mumbai-Nagpur, Delhi-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Mysore, Delhi-Amritsar, Mumbai-Hyderabad and Varanasi-Howrah — at an expected cost of around Rs 10 trillion.