New Delhi (Metro Rail News): – A major chunk of land is required for the 508-km-long Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train project to be hopefully acquired by The National High-Speed Rail Corp Ltd (NHSRCL) by the end of this year.
“The land will be taken over once the tenders for the project were finalized,” Said the spokesperson Sushma Gaur of NHSRCL.
She also added that “major chunk of the land acquisition is likely to be completed by December 2019.”
A train travelling on the route takes over seven hours to travel the distance while planes take about an hour of flying time. In comparison now, the bullet trains are expected to run at 320 km per hour covering the 508 km stretch in about two hours.
The National High-Speed Rail Corp Ltd has acquired 39% of the 1,380 hectares of land till date.
This comes to 537 hectares: 471 of 940 hectares required in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. “The bullet train project was progressing at a good place,” said Sushma Gaur.
She said, “Two or three months back the total land acquired was 33%. And within 90 days we were able to acquire over 6% more land.”
Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India and Shinzo Abe of Japan on September 14, 2017, laid the foundation stone for the ambitious ₹1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) high-speed rail project.
A MoU was signed by The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Railway Ministry with Japan to partially fund the project.
“The railways had floated tenders for tunnelling work, including testing and commissioning of the double line high-speed railway using tunnel boring machine (TBM) and New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) between the underground station at the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai and Shilphata in Maharashtra,” said by Gaur.
“A 21-km tunnel will be dug between Boisar in Maharashtra and the Bandra-Kurla Complex, 7 km of which will be under the sea,” according to the official.
“The design and construction of civil and building works, including testing and commissioning of 237 km of length of rail line corridor between Zaroli village on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border and Vadodara in Gujarat, have been floated,” said by Sushma Gaur.
This accounts for 47% of the total length of the project and will include a mountain tunnel of about 280 metres, 24 river crossings and 30 road and canal crossings.
She also stated that the tenders to construct the stations in Gujarat’s Vapi, Bilimora, Surat and Bharuch had also been floated.
The construction of the Sabarmati hub in Ahmedabad to be linked to the bullet train station has started.