The NHSRCL (National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited) has floated a tender, the third this year for the ambitious Bullet train project, with bids invited for a maintenance depot and an elevated station in Anand in Gujarat.
- The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project, which is plagued with land acquisition problems, is being implemented by the NHSRCL.
- The NHSRCL has invited bids for the construction of around 69% (348 km) of the 508-km project.
- Part of the project is 21 km of tunnels, 5 elevated stations and one depot at Surat.
- NHSRCL’s latest bid is for design and construction of civil and building works which will include testing and commissioning of 90 km of viaducts and bridges, a maintenance depot and an elevated station between Vadodara and Ahmedabad.
- Vendors have been given 4 months to bid for the project, while 1,370 days have been given to them to complete the work.
- More than 66% land required for the above-mentioned tender has been acquired.
- This is the third tender floated by NHSRCL this year.
- Earlier this year, bids were invited for the viaduct between Zaroli village on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border and Vadodara in Gujarat.
- It also included 24 river crossings and 30 road and canal crossings, 4 stations – Vapi, Bilimora, Surat and Bharuch.
- The other tender for this year was for the underground tunnel of about 21 km including seven km of the undersea tunnel in Maharashtra.