MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) has cancelled tenders floated in November 2019 for construction of the underground terminus at BKC for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project because the state government has failed to hand over the land. Previously NHRCL had given 11 extensions to the government in hopes that they will get the land at BKC for construction soon.
According to NHRCL officials they received the approval of handing the land in 26th February, 2018 but the government has shown no willingness to hand over the land and their requests have gone unheard since September 2020.
The land area of 4.2 hectares at BKC was allotted by state with the condition that viability of the proposed International Finance and Service Centre (IFSC) be not compromised. The state also insisted that the cost of land should be adjusted against equity contribution of Maharashtra government.
To start the construction, MMRDA also needs to shift a BPCL petrol pump to an alternate spot. Ven this task is not carried out yet. MMRDA in their response has mentioned presence of a Covid-19 care facility for its inability to hand over the land for the BKC terminal.
BKC station has been designed by NHRCL as an integrated structure underground station with the IFSC structure above it) to share load of 60m high building above it. The tender for the BKC station was proposed to be floated in November 2018. Later, MMRDA informed about the plan to raise the height of the IFSC building to 95m, which required a change in design. The tender was issued on November 20, 2019, with 19thMarch as date of submission. But pandemic and non-availability of revised design shifted the date of opening the tender on several occasions between 12thMay, 2020 and 31stAugust, 2020.