Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project Completion Date Uncertain, Depends on Land Acquisition: Indian Railways

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project faces delays due to land acquisition issues, but progress is being made, with the first phase expected to be completed by 2026 at an estimated cost of ₹1.08 trillion.

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Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project Completion Date Uncertain, Depends on Land Acquisition: Indian Railways

Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project Completion Date Uncertain, Depends on Land Acquisition: Indian Railways

The completion date for the highly anticipated Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, also known as the bullet train project, remains uncertain, according to a recent Right to Information (RTI) reply from the Indian Railways.

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), which is constructing the 508 km long corridor, stated that the project's timeline is directly dependent on the progress of land acquisition, a process that is still ongoing.

Initially launched in 2017, the bullet train project was scheduled to be operational by December 2023. However, land acquisition issues and the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly delayed its progress. The NHSRCL clarified in the RTI response that the completion date can only be assessed after all work tenders have been awarded, a milestone that has not yet been reached.

Despite the delays, the project has seen some progress in certain aspects. As of April 6, 2024, a total length of 157 km of viaduct has been completed, along with 302 km of piers and 323 km of foundations.

The Railways Ministry has announced the completion of the first phase, a 50-km stretch between Surat and Bilimora, by August 2026. The ministry has also stated that 100% of the land required for the project has been acquired.

Why this matters: The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is a significant advancement in India's transportation infrastructure, positioned to transform intercity travel in the regions of Gujarat and Dadar & Nagar Haveli. The project's completion is vital for enhancing connectivity and economic growth in western India.

Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has expressed confidence that India is prepared to run its first bullet train by 2026. The project will include the installation of anemometers at 14 key locations across Gujarat and Maharashtra to ensure the highest safety standards. Once operational, the bullet train is expected to run at a maximum speed of 320 km/h and cover the 508 km distance in 2 hours and 58 minutes, including stoppage time at all 10 stations along the route. The estimated cost of the project stands at ₹1,08,000 crore.

Key Takeaways

  • Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project completion date uncertain due to land acquisition issues.
  • Project was initially scheduled for 2023 but delayed by COVID-19 and land acquisition.
  • As of April 2024, 157 km of viaduct, 302 km of piers, and 323 km of foundations completed.
  • First 50-km phase between Surat and Bilimora to be completed by August 2026.
  • Estimated cost of the 508 km project is ₹1,08,000 crore, with max speed of 320 km/h.