Larsen & Toubro began pouring concrete for the first pier of the 508.17-kilometer Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) line on May 5, 2021, which will link the two cities through 12 stations in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
This landmark was reached in Gujarat’s Valsad District about three months after workers began pouring concrete for the first pier’s open base (pile cap). Last week, shuttering panels arrived on-site to help with casting jobs.
This pier (P-13), situated at chainage KM 205+500 on the line’s 237.1 km Package C4, is one of only two of eight civil packages awarded for the main-construction line’s so far. It runs elevated from Zaroli Village on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border to Vadodara via four stations at Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, and Bharuch, accounting for 46.66 percent of the main-line and making it the longest of them all.
As a reminder, the majority of the line (468 / 508 km) will be elevated, with contractors such as L&T planning to construct it using the full span launching system.
I fine-tuned the line’s alignment within Gujarat here a few weekends ago to follow its exact alignment. You will see site clearing for large stretches of land between Ahmedabad and Vadodara if you turn to satellite view. In reality, at Bodka village, south of Vadodara, three megaprojects are visible within 2 kilometres of each other. From west to east, the DME (Delhi-Mumbai Expressway) and the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train (MAHSR) and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC).