New Delhi (Urban Transport News): In addition to running a high-speed rail (bullet train) between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the government is also preparing plans to run high-speed rail (bullet trains) among other cities of the country. This information was given by Union Minister of State for Railways Rajeen Gohain. Gohain said that there are planning for more high-speed (bullet train) corridors in the country besides the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail corrdior. The routes for new corridors have been selected and feasibility report is being prepared.
Bullet train projects can be started on these routes
Rajen Gohn said that there is a plan to run a high-speed bullet train between Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata, Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Chennai via Nagpur, Mumbai-Kolkata via Nagpur and Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore. He said that the feasibility report is currently being prepared to run bullet trains on these routes. Only after studying this report, any further decision will be made to introduce new bullet train projects.
Status of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project
Now the work of bullet train is going on Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail corridor. This high-speed rail track is being developed with the technical and financial assistance of the Japan Government. About Rs.1,08,000 crores will be spent in the construction of this project. For the implementation of the project, Japan is giving ODA loan at a very low interest rate. The construction of this 508 km long high-speed rail track will be completed by 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Abe laid the foundation stone for this project in Ahmedabad on 14 September 2017.
National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) Limited is implementing the construction work of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. Under the supervision of this NHSRC, land acquisition and construction work is going on for this bullet train project. Initially, after a few issues in land acquisition, the bullet train project is now underway.
According to the NHSRC, construction of the bullet train track between Mumbai-Ahmedabad will require around 2 lakh slabs. These slabs will be constructed in India. For this, the setup work of four factories in different parts of the country is underway. Japan's help will be taken in the design and technique of these slabs.