SURAT (Metro Rail News): Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited Surat on Monday, 6th June where he inspected the progress of the ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project. After inspecting the site the minister said that they are confident that they will be able to achieve the target of running the country’s first bullet train between Surat and Bilimora in Gujarat in 2026 as good progress has been made in this direction.
“We are keeping the target of running the first bullet train between Surat and Bilimora in 2026.
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The progress is very good, and we are confident of running the train by that time,” he said.
The bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai will be able to run at a speed of 320 kmph on a high speed rail (HSR) corridor which will reduce the travelling time between two cities to 3 hours which is currently 6 hours. The train will cover a distance of 508 km and 12 stations. 81 per cent of this project with an estimated cost of Rs 1.1 lakh crore is being funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
After reviewing the progress on the corridor Vaishnaw said that pillars for the bullet train project have been put up on 61 km of the route and work is underway on around 150 km of the stretch. He also inspected the operation of a segmental casting yard of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor near Vaktana village in Choryasi taluka of Surat, and then visited the under-construction Antroli railway station under the project. After that, he visited the project site at Nasilpore in Navsari along with Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh.