NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has floated the third tender this year for the ambitious bullet train project with bids invited for a maintenance depot and an elevated station in Anand, Gujarat.
Bids invited for design and construction of civil and building works for Double Line High Speed Railway involving viaduct and bridges, crossing bridges, maintenance depot and station between Vadodara and Ahmedabad. The 90km section will have one elevated station at Anand/Nadiad.
The bidders are given four months to submit the bid and another 1,370 days to complete the project.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project, which is plagued with land acquisition problems, which is being implemented by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), is targeted for completion by the year 2023.
“More than 66% of the land required for the above-mentioned tender has been acquired. This is the third tender floated by NHSRCL this year,” a spokesperson for NHSRCL Sushma Gaur said.
NHSRCL has invited bids (all three tenders included) for the construction of about 69% (348km) of total alignment of 508km, including 21km of an underground tunnel, 5 (five) elevated stations and one depot at Surat.
In march 2019, bids were invited for the viaduct between Zaroli village at Maharashtra- Gujarat Border and Vadodara in Gujarat, which has a length of 237.10km ie 47% of total alignment of 508km, elevated except one mountain tunnel of about 280m. Another tender was for the underground tunnel of about 21km, including 7km of an undersea tunnel in Maharashtra.
One section of bullet train expected to be operational in 2022, will mark India’s shift to an era of high-speed trains capable of hitting speeds of up to 350 kilometres per hour.
About 39% of the land required for the project has been acquired. The 508.17km-long corridor, 155.76km will be in Maharashtra, 348.04 km in Gujarat and 4.3km in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The foundation stone for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in 2017.