Relocation of rail structures begins for Bullet Train project

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The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) has started relocating the Western Railway’s structures in Vadodara for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project that are falling in the project area. Structures like, cabins and offices, falling in area sanctioned for the high-speed rail corridor, were being relocated.

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  • An official said, in the coming days, more such structures would be relocated in Ahmedabad, Sabarmati and Vadodara.
  • Railway lines along the Vadodara yard, falling in the high-speed train route, would also be shifted.
  • The NHSRCL has handed over some structures of the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) cabin type ‘C’ and ‘D’ to the Western Railway in Vadodara.
  • Relocating of buildings was agreed by the Western Railway in its agreement with the NHSRCL.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for the Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) high-speed rail project, on September 14, 2017.
  • The NHSRCL has acquired 39% of the 1,380 hectares of land required for the project and is hopeful of acquiring a major chunk of the rest by the end of year.
  • The bullet trains are expected to run at 320 km per hour, covering the 508-km stretch in around 2 hours.
  • The NHSRCL had floated tenders for tunnelling work, including testing and commissioning of the double line high-speed railway using the tunnel boring machine and the New Austrian tunnelling method between the underground stations from Bandra-Kurla Complex and Shilphata in Maharashtra.
  • A 21-km tunnel will be built between Boisar in Maharashtra and the Bandra-Kurla Complex, 7 km of which will be under the sea, according to the official.

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