Bullet Train project gains momentum: Maharashtra’s elevated corridor takes shape

Exciting developments are underway as the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) continues to push forward with the ambitious Bullet Train project. The construction work is progressing smoothly on the elevated portion of the bullet train corridor in Maharashtra, marking a significant milestone in this groundbreaking initiative. This particular stretch spans a total of 135 km from Shilphata, located near Mumbai, all the way to Zaroli village on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border.

More Details:

This section is among the most complicated elevated part of the project comprising 6 mountain tunnels, 36 (nos.) crossings including 11 steel bridges and river bridges on major river bridges like Ulhas, Vaitarna and Jagani rivers. Longest river bridge (2.32 km) of the bullet train project is in this section on Vaitarna river.

This section also includes 3 bullet train stations in Thane, Virar & Boisar. All three stations come under Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) and are considered suburbs of Mumbai. Thousands of people commute daily between these stations through various modes of transport like local trains, Cars and city buses etc.

Currently, following work is under progress for the package:

  • 100% land acquired. Cleaning and grubbing works in progress: 78 km completed
  • Geotechnical investigation is under progress, above 50% completed
  • Open foundation constructed at 19 locations and in progress at 42 locations.

Some important numbers:

  • Total length 135 km (Between Shilphata & Zaroli village on Maharashtra -Gujarat Border)
  • Viaduct & River Bridges: 124 km
  • Special Crossings on roads, Railway & DFC: 11 steel bridges totaling 2 km (approx.)
  • Stations: 3 nos. namely Thane, Virar & Boisar (all elevated)

  • Mountain tunnels: 6 nos. totaling 6 km (approx.)
  • River Bridges: Ulhas River, Vaitarna & Jagani, longest bridge (2.32 kms.) of MAHSR project will be on Vaitarna river totaling 3.22 km
  • Contract signed on 19 July 2023
  • Package name: MAHSR -C-3


The strides made in Maharashtra’s elevated corridor signal a pivotal moment in the Bullet Train project’s progression. With each milestone achieved, the vision of redefining high-speed rail in India edges closer to reality. As construction presses forward, anticipation mounts for the transformative impact this infrastructure will have on connectivity and regional development. 

Stay tuned for further updates as we embark on a journey towards faster, more efficient transportation.

Source: NHSRCL – Press Release | Images Credit: NHSRCL

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