NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Ministry of Railways has undertaken feasibility studies for some routes of the Diamond Quadrilateral, namely Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata, Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Nagpur and Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru.
Further, the Survey and preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the following Seven (7) HSR Corridors have been undertaken:-
- Delhi- Ahmedabad
- Mumbai- Nagpur
- Mumbai- Hyderabad
- Delhi- Chandigarh-Amritsar
However, being highly capital intensive, the sanction of any High-Speed Rail Project depends on several factors such as technical feasibility, financial viability and availability of financing options etc.
Till now, Government has sanctioned only one project of High-Speed Rail, namely the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) Project, with the technical and financial assistance of the Government of Japan. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), has been formed to implement this project. The present status of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project is as under:-
- The Final Location Survey and Geotechnical investigation were completed. Alignment finalized.
- Statutory Clearances relating to wildlife, Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and Forest clearance obtained in Gujarat.
- Out of total land requirement of approx. 1392.6 ha, 1374.2 Ha of land has been acquired.
- The project work has been divided into 28 Contract Packages, including Training Institute at Vadodara. Currently, 19 packages have been awarded, 01 is under evaluation, a Notice Inviting Tender (NIT) has been published for 03 packages, and for the balance of 5 packages, NIT is yet to be published.
- Out of a total of 352 Km length of projects located in Gujarat and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Civil works in 352 Km length have started in different phases from December 2020 onwards. By the end of November 2022, out of a total of 352 km elevated viaduct, approx. 212.3 km of piling, 129.2 km of foundation, 113.3 km of the pier, and 14 km of the superstructure have been completed
- 1596 out of 1651 utilities have been shifted.
This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronic & Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaish, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.