The construction of first Reinforced Concrete (RC) track bed for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor track system as used in Japanese Shinkansen, started in Surat. This is for the first time, the J-slab ballastless track system is being used in India.
- The track system comprises a pre-cast track slab over which fastening devices and rails are fitted. This slab rests on the RC track bed which has a thickness of approx. 300mm and constructed in-situ (at site) for individual UP and Down track lines on viaduct top. The width of the RC track bed is 2420 mm.
- The RC anchors are provided to avoid any longitudinal and lateral restraint to the track slab. The size of RC anchor is 520 mm diameter and height is 260 mm. These are constructed at approx. 5 m centre to centre.
- In RC anchor, reference pin is installed for achieving desired alignment (both horizontal and vertical) suitable for train operation at 320 kmph.
- The contracts for the track works in the complete Gujarat portion have been awarded and presently, material procurement for track works is in advance stage. More than 14000 MT of JIS rails, 50 molds for casting track slabs have already been received from Japan.
- Track Slabs are to be manufactured in dedicated factories and two such factories have already been set up. These factories are equipped with the most sophisticated and state of the art technologies and infrastructure to produce precise slabs for HSR track construction.
- Special Construction machineries which include rail feeder car, slab laying car and CAM (Cement Asphalt Mortar) laying car will be used for track works by NHSRCL.
- To understand the methodology of execution of work related to track laying, Extensive Training and Certification for the Indian contractor’s personnel is being organised with Japan Railway Technical Services (JARTS) as Training & Certification agency.
About MAHSR Project:
- Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) Project is 508 Km long first High- Speed Rail (HSR) network planned to be constructed in India.
- Out of 508Km, 352 Km lies in the State of Gujarat (348 Km) and Dadra & Nagar Haveli (4Km) and the balance 156 Km lies in the State of Maharashtra.
- The Construction Work is in progress in both Gujarat and Dadra & Nagar Haveli where 98% and 100% land has been acquired respectively.
- In Gujarat, High Speed Rail alignment passes through eight districts i.e. Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda and Ahmedabad and work is in progress in all the eight districts.
- In Maharashtra land acquisition done so far is 40%.
- The project will entail an investment of 72,000 Crs in the state of Gujarat in both Land & construction.
- So far an expenditure of 14,200 Crs has been done.
- The project will generate direct & indirect employment of 60,000 in Gujarat state.
Source: NHSRCL- Press Release | Images Credit: NHSRCL