New Delhi: Construction work in the country’s first high speed bullet train project on Mumbai-Ahmadabad route will start from January 2019. According to an official, the land acquisition work for 508 km long route will be completed by this year. This mega project of 1.08 lakh crores is expected to be completed in the end of 2022.
“Railways is going to acquire 1400 hectares of land in Maharashtra and Gujarat for this project. Rs 10,000 crore will be spent in land acquisition. NHSRC is on way to reach the completion of the bullet train project. This agency will have the responsibility to operate high speed rail projects in the country itself”, National High Speed Rail Corporation Managing Director, Achal Khare said.
The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also started to release funds for this bullet train project. After completing the project, the distance of Mumbai and Ahmadabad can be completed in just 2 hours instead of 9 hours. “The average operational cost of this project will be around Rs.1000 crore and we are expecting 4% return on this project,” Khare said.
According to the NHSRC, the fare of this high speed route will be Rs. 3,000 between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, whereas the fare between Bandra-Kurla Complex and Thane will be Rs. 250. This train will also have a ‘business class’ and its fare is likely to be more than Rs 3,000.
According to survey report, the route for boring under 10 to 15 meters of the sea is almost clear. This tunnel will be made through the tunnel boring machine.
According to Achal Khare, Managing Director of National High Speed Rail Corporation, in fact, tunnels should be made in 21-km as a part of the 508 km Mumbai-Ahmadabad bullet train corridor. This 21 km area will be 7 km below sea level. To make a tunnel here, the Seismic Velocity Test was conducted so that it can be ascertained in this part of the sea what kind of land is under the ground. Its purpose was that before making the tunnel it was possible to find out there was no problem in the way of the tunnel. This test was done with the help of Japanese experts. The test report was recently received by the Corporation.
It has been said in the report that except for a part of 10 to 15 meters, the entire part of the tunnel is clear in all parts of the tunnel. Even for this small portion, the solution will be searched even before the tunnel is made. Taking the environmental clearance for this tunnel is also not necessary. According to Khare, the elevated track will be built for the rest of the project.
Khare told that the bullet train project has been designed in such a way that the train will be able to run at 320 km. However, if the stops and other times are calculated at the stations, the average speed of the bullet train at this corridor will be 250 km per hour. He said that for this corridor, the land acquisition process has been started for the time being. So far, it is estimated that 1,415 hectares of land will be needed for this project. The project is estimated to cost 10,000 crores. This entire amount will be given to Indian Railways. It is expected that by the end of this year, land acquisition will be completed for this project.