MAHARASHTRA, INDIA (Metro Rail News): National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has completed the acquisition of 33 per cent of land in Maharashtra for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR)/ bullet train corridor, a dream project of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the report, 432 hectares of land are required for the project in Maharashtra; 143 hectares or 33 per cent of the land has been acquired. In Gujarat, 1,084 hectares of 1,396 hectares required were acquired. At Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the acquisition is almost 97 per cent as 934 hectares of 956 hectares are required for the passage.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 1.10 lakh crores, which is Rs. 88,000 million, will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
CM Uddhav Thackeray had previously questioned whether the bullet train project would benefit the country. Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is “not committed” to the project after the 2019 reign.
“Land acquisition is ongoing in Maharashtra and we expect to speed up the process and get more land in the coming months of this project,” said the NHSRCL chief executive officer.
By September, the NHSRCL – an official soon to build the Mumbai-Ahmedabad railway project – had acquired 30% of the land from the government.
To push the procurement process, the Minister of State for Railways, Rao Saheb Danve, visited Mumbai last month and contacted senior officials of the NHSRCL, Western Railway, regional collectors of Palghar Raigad and Thane, as well as government officials. He also instructed officials to work to increase the pace of land grabbing.
Construction work on the bullet tunnel has begun in Gujarat, with the first phase between Surat and Bilimora expected to open in 2026.
On the 508.17 KMs bullet train route, 155.76 KMs is in Maharashtra, 384.04 KMs in Gujarat, and 4.3 KM in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.