A major chunk of land required for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project is likely to be acquired by December this year. The land will be taken over once the tenders for the project were finalised, said Sushma Gaur, spokesperson National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd (NHSRCL).
Land acquisition status
- The bullet trains are expected to run at 320 km per hour covering the 508 km stretch in about two hours.
- The NHSRCL has acquired 39% of the 1,380 hectares of land till date.
- This comes to 537 hectares: 471 of 940 hectares in Gujarat and 66 of 431 hectares in Maharashtra.
- She said,”Two or three months back the total land acquired was 33 per cent. And within 90 days we were able to acquire over 6 per cent more land.”
- The NHSRCL had floated tenders for tunnelling work, including testing and commissioning of the double line high speed railway between the underground station at the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai and Shilphata in Maharashtra.
- 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 officials.
- 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 also been floated.
- 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.
- The tenders to construct the stations in Gujarat’s Vapi, Bilimora, Surat and Bharuch had also been floated, she said.
- The construction of the Sabarmati hub in Ahmedabad to be linked to the bullet train station has started.