NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Gujarat will soon have a second high-speed rail project on the Ahmedabad-Delhi route, following the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train. Therefore, the Ministry of Railways has decided to conduct an investigation and prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR).
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw provided the information in a written reply to the Parliament on Friday. Currently, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail is the country’s only sanctioned bullet train project, and it is being built with Japanese technical and financial help.
Delhi-Varanasi, Delhi-Amritsar, Delhi-Ahmedabad, Mumbai-Nagpur, Mumbai-Hyderabad, Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru, and Varanasi-Howrah are among the seven high-speed rail projects planned by the government.
Meanwhile, the government has acquired 1,193 hectares of land out of the required 1,396 hectares for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad project. In addition, wildlife, Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), and forest statutory approvals have all been secured.
The project has been broken down into 27 packages. Currently, 12 packages have been granted, three are being evaluated, and four have been put out to tender. Civil work on a 342-kilometre section of the road in Gujarat and Dadra & Nagar Haveli has begun.
Once all of the required lands have been bought, and contracts have been finalised, the estimated schedule for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai project will be determined.