24 train sets have been planned for procurement from Japan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said. The estimated total cost of the high-speed rail project, including the cost of rolling stock, is Rs 1,08,000 crore, replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Goyal said.
- Of the total cost, 81% price will be funded through the loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
- The project is targeted to be completed by 2023.
- He said, 24 train sets have been planned for procurement from Japanese companies through tendering process for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project.
- Goyal said,”As per the memorandum of understanding signed between the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited and Japanese side, in order to promote ‘Make in India‘, 06 out of above 24 train sets are presently planned for assembling in India, for which location is planned to be decided by the Japanese supplier.”
- The NHSRCL is implementing the project of high speed train corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
- The total length of proposed High Speed Rail Corridor works out to be 508.17km.
- The route of Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail will be passing through two states, Maharashtra and Gujarat and one Union Territory, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, of the Union of India.
- It will start from Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai and will end near Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad.
- Out of 508.17km, 155.642 km of the proposed alignment falls in Maharashtra, 350.530 km in Gujarat and 2 km in UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
- The High Speed Rail Corridor has been proposed with 12 Stations i.e. Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand/Nadia, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.
- The operating speed of the bullet train would be 320 kmph and the maximum speed would be 350 kmph.
- The bullet train is expected to cover the 504-km distance between the two cities in less than 3 hours.