AHMEDABAD (Metro Rail News): Russian Railways shows interest in Ahmedabad-Rajkot Semi High-Speed Rail Project between Ahmedabad and Rajkot in Gujarat, India.
The meeting with the CM Vijay Rupani, Consul General of the Russian Federation, Mumbai, Aleksei V Surovtsev and RZD International’s Vladimir Finov shown their readiness to participate in Ahmedabad-Rajkot Semi High-Speed Rail Project, a state govt. said through a press release on Wednesday.
“RZD International showed their interest in participating in the project as it presents the tremendous potential for economic and all-round development of the two areas,” Russian officials stated.
RZD International had in the past made DPRs for 580-km high-speed rail among Nagpur and Secunderabad in India.
The complete report on the semi high-speed rail project between Rajkot and Ahmedabad, a distance of around 230 kilometres, is being developed by the Gujarat Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (G-RIDE), a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed from the joint venture between the Ministry of Railways and the Gujarat govt.
“The Russia Railway company would like to go ahead with the Ahmedabad-Rajkot Semi High-Speed Rail Project’s detailed engineering design, project execution and complete finance after consultation with Gujarat and Indian government,” the release stated.
Russian representatives assured the govt that the company would complete the Ahmedabad-Rajkot Semi High-Speed Rail Project within six years of design preparation. Rupani told this semi high-speed rail project would be vital in reducing heavy traffic load on Ahmedabad-Rajkot road and help to the travel time.
RZD International had come into an MoU with the Ministry of Railways for modernisation of railways and the signalling system. In Gujarat too, it is eager to work with G-Ride Company for the Ahmedabad-Rajkot Semi High-Speed Rail Project.
Vladimir Finov also showed the interest of RZD International to contribute to a new project in increasing rail connectivity for freight corridors from ports as well as to increase the existing speed of passenger rail and freight trains, the release said.