Sabarmati rolling stock depot sets benchmark for sustainability and efficiency in Bullet Train Project

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project takes a monumental step forward with the establishment of the Sabarmati Rolling Stock Depot. This state-of-the-art facility promises to redefine the landscape of high-speed rail infrastructure, symbolising a progressive shift towards environmentally conscious development.

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The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has designed to seamlessly integrate the operational needs of the Bullet Train Project, the Sabarmati Rolling Stock Depot encompasses state-of-the-art facilities aimed at both light and heavy maintenance of train sets. Spread across an impressive 83 hectares, it is the largest of the three depots and is equipped with cutting-edge equipment including inspection bays, washing plants, workshops, sheds, and stabling lines.

Image Credit: NHSRCL

Depot Facilities:

  • The Sabarmati Depot stands as a beacon of innovation, drawing inspiration from depots in Japan.
  • Depot features 4 (four) inspection lines and 10 stabling lines, with plans for expansion to 8 (eight) inspection lines and 29 stabling lines in the future.
  • Additionally, specialised facilities such as bogie exchange lines and general inspection lines have been incorporated to ensure comprehensive maintenance capabilities.

Key highlights of the Sabarmati Rolling Stock Depot include:

  • A dedicated test track for post-overhaul testing of train sets, ensuring optimal performance before deployment on the mainline
  • Industrial sheds of unprecedented scale, providing ample space for maintenance and overhaul activities
  • Centralised control facilities for efficient train shunting operations and overall depot management
  • From dining rooms and canteens to auditoriums and training facilities, the depot offers a holistic environment for staff and personnel

Image Credit(representational) : NHSRCL

Sustainable Development:

In line with sustainable practices, the Sabarmati Depot incorporates eco-friendly initiatives such as rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling. Rooftop rainwater harvesting and bore well water will fulfil the depot’s water requirements, while modern sewage and effluent treatment plants ensure responsible management of waste.

  • Furthermore, the depot is equipped for the segregation, compaction, and proper handling of garbage generated both onboard trains and within the depot premises, underscoring its commitment to save the environment.
  • The depot sheds and buildings are being designed so that solar panels can be installed in future. The Sabarmati Depot alone will have the potential of solar power generation of around 14 MW.

Construction update on Sabarmati Rolling Stock Depot till Date:

  • Earthwork has been completed for the depot
  • The foundation works and RCC works for the administrative building are in progress


With a forward-looking approach, the Sabarmati Rolling Stock Depot is not just an example of technological prowess but also a blueprint for sustainable infrastructure development. As construction progresses, the depot will play a pivotal role in the success of the Mumbai Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project, setting new standards for efficiency, reliability, and environmental responsibility.

Source: NHSRCL – Press Release | Featured Image Credit: NHSRCL

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