₹32,592 crore allocated for bullet train project for two years

Almost all the land required for the project had been acquired in Gujarat and Maharashtra, says Railway Minister

Updated - March 21, 2023 07:57 am IST

Published - March 21, 2023 07:25 am IST - New Delhi

File photo of the construction of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train corridor underway, in Ahmedabad. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said up to ₹13,000 crore has been allocated for the project in FY2022-23.

File photo of the construction of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train corridor underway, in Ahmedabad. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said up to ₹13,000 crore has been allocated for the project in FY2022-23. | Photo Credit: PTI

Up to ₹13,000 crore has been allocated for the Mumbai–Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project in Financial Year 2022-23 and ₹19,592 crore for FY2023-24, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha. Almost all the land required for the project had been acquired in Gujarat and Maharashtra, he said.

“All civil contract packages have been awarded in Gujarat and tunnel as well as bridge works are in full swing. Of three civil contract packages in Maharashtra, two are under evaluation and tender for one is opening by April 2023,” the Minister said.

Till February, a physical progress of 32.93% in Gujarat and 13.72% in Maharashtra had been achieved. There are nearly eight tunnels and 36 bridges to be built for the bullet train to run smoothly in Maharashtra, of which none of the works has yet been completed.

Delay due to political reasons

The work on the Maharashtra side had been delayed due to political reasons and the NHSRCL has awarded the first contract in the State for work related to design and construction of underground Mumbai high speed rail station to joint venture of Megha Engineering and Infrastructure and Hindustan Construction Company. The total area to be covered is 4.85 hectares and the completion time is 54 months from the commencement date. The cost of the contract is nearly ₹3,681 crore.

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The station will have six platforms and the length of each platform will be 415 metres to accommodate a 16-coach bullet train. The platform is planned at a depth of about 24 metres from the ground level.

In Gujarat, there is one tunnel and 140 bridges to be built of which work on nine bridges is complete.

The entire project work has been divided into 28 contract packages of which 19 packages have been awarded, three are under evaluation. Notice Inviting Tender (NIT) has been published in case of three packages and for the balance three packages, the NIT is yet to be published.

Mr. Vaishnaw said the anticipated timeline for completion of the project could only be ascertained after land acquisition was complete and all timelines related to completion of all contracts had been finalised.

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