Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Bullet Train Project: The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has officially declared the successful culmination of land acquisition for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Rail Corridor, commonly referred to as the bullet train initiative. This extensive project spans across Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
In a recent update on the land acquisition progress, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw shared that the entire 1389.49 hectares required for the project are now under possession. Utilizing Japan’s Shinkansen technology, the high-speed rail line seamlessly connects Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Let’s delve into some of the notable milestones and pioneering features that set India’s inaugural bullet train venture apart.
Providing the latest development on land acquisition, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced that the entire 1389.49 hectares required for the project have been successfully secured.
Girder Launching – 120.4 Km
As per the NHSRCL, every civil contract pertaining to the project in Gujarat and Maharashtra has been duly assigned. Furthermore, a noteworthy 120.4 kilometers of girders have been successfully launched, complemented by the completion of 271 kilometers of pier casting. This initiative stands out as the pioneer in introducing the J-slab ballastless track system in India, with the initiation of laying the first reinforced concrete track bed observed in Surat and Anand.
First mountain tunnel
A momentous achievement was reached as the first mountain tunnel, spanning 350 meters in length and boasting a diameter of 12.6 meters, was successfully completed near Zaroli village in the Valsad district of Gujarat. Remarkably, this accomplishment was realized within a span of just 10 months.
First steel bridge
NHSRCL announced the successful installation of the inaugural steel bridge, stretching 70 meters and weighing 673 metric tons, over NH 53 in Surat. Among the total of 28 similar bridges, sixteen are currently undergoing fabrication at different stages. Notably, bridge construction has been concluded over six rivers along the corridor, with ongoing progress on others.
India’s first 7 km undersea rail tunnel
The venture encompasses India’s inaugural 7-kilometer undersea rail tunnel, forming an integral segment of the 21-kilometer tunnel connecting Bandra Kurla Complex and Shilphata in Maharashtra. Concurrently, the excavation process for the Mumbai High-Speed Rail (HSR) station has been initiated.
High-speed rail stations
Construction is underway at different phases for high-speed Bullet Train stations in Gujarat’s Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati. To address noise concerns stemming from train operations and civil structures, noise barriers are actively being installed along the viaduct.
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First phase of the bullet train by 2026
Backed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through a soft loan amounting to Rs 88,000 crore from Japan, the Rs 1.10 lakh crore project encountered setbacks attributed to challenges in land acquisition. The government is targeting the initiation of the first phase of the bullet train, connecting Surat and Bilimora in south Gujarat, by the year 2026.