Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor Project: For those who are eagerly waiting to travel on India’s first-ever Bullet Train, you will have to wait for 5-6 years. In a recent interview with Aajtak, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said by the year 2026, people can start boarding the bullet train. Even if the High-Speed Rail Corridor Project is delayed, it won’t be more than one year and will happen by 2027. The target will not go beyond that, the Union Minister said. While speaking on the matter, the minister further said Japanese technology is being used in the bullet train. The specialty of the Japanese people is that they do not start work until everything is ready. The land acquisition is complete in Gujarat, however, the state of Maharashtra is yet to complete the process of land acquisition.
According to the Railway Minister, earlier they were waiting for Maharashtra to complete the land acquisition process, but now they have started the work. So far, 119 pillars have been cast. In the next six months, pillars of about 50 kilometres distance will be cast, he said. However, there are many challenges in the Bullet Train’s design. Compared to Japan, various conditions such as the weight of the Indian people, dust, etc., are different. So it may take a while to design the train as per conditions in India.
Last month, for the upcoming Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor Project, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL)- the implementing agency of the country’s first Bullet Train Project, and the Japanese agency- Japan Railway Track Consultant Company (JRTC) for the Designs of High Speed Rail Track works for the package T 3 (covering 116 kilometres length between Vadodara and Sabarmati Depot and Workshop in Gujarat). NHSRCL had said that the Japanese agency- JRTC will provide the detailed design along with drawings of HSR track components such as RC Track bed, Track slab arrangement, and Continuous Welded Rail (CWR), etc.