Surat, India (Urban Transport News): The Union Minister of India Ashwini Vaishaw was on a visit to Surat and Navsari on June 6, 2022, to review the progress of the under-construction Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet train project.
“I have seen the construction work in progress at Surat and Navsari. I am satisfied with it. The fares of the bullet train will be lesser than airlines. One will get better facilities than airlines. We have not yet decided on the fares. We will work on it once the project gets completed,” said the Railway Minister.
Talking about the deadline of commissioning for the first 50-km stretch of the project, Union Railway Minister said that the government is confident of running the country’s first bullet train by 2026. “The trial run of the Mumbai–Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor (MAHSR) would be between Surat and Billimora in Navsari district in August 2026,” he said in Surat.
The bullet train on Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor will run at an average speed of 300 kilometre per hour (kmph) while its design speed will be 320kmph. “For that more time has been consumed for designing. Every month, 12 kms work is done,” he added.
The total length of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor is 508.17 kilometres. There will be 12 bullet train stations at Mumbai (near BKC), Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. Out of which eight will be in Gujarat and four in Maharashtra. There will be three maintenance depots, two in Gujarat (Surat and Sabarmati) and one in Maharashtra (Thane).
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project is being funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).