Railway Minister Mr. Piyush Goyal, on Thursday, met Mr. Hiroto Izumi, Special Advisor to Japan Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe, and discussed the progress on the 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project.
- The Railway Minister apprised the Japanase PM’s advisor about the progress in the project.
- The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL), carrying out the high-speed rail project is hopeful of acquiring a major chunk of land required by the end of this year.
- The NHSRCL had acquired 39% of the 1,380 hectares of land till last month.
- The bullet trains are expected to run at 320 kmph, covering the 508-km stretch in about two hours.
- Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Premier Shinzo Abe of Japan on September 14, 2017 laid the foundation stone for the Rs 1.08 lakh crore HSR project.
- 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.
- 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.
- 24 train sets have been planned for procurement from Japan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project.
- 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.