Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw reviews the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. Here is a progress report

New Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw reviewed the ambitious high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai on Sunday. Since taking office, the Minister has familiarized himself with the priority work of the Railways.

During a review meeting, the central minister was briefed on the progress of the project by the managing director of his executing agency, the National High Speed ​​Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL).

In a tweet, Vaishnaw said: “Review of the implementation of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed line with Mr. Satish Agnihotri, Managing Director of NHSR. “

To date, 1,035 hectares of land have been acquired out of the total 1,396 hectares required for the project, officials told PTI news agency.

They said that of the 74 percent of land acquisitions to date, the majority – 96 percent – is in Gujarat, while only 25 percent is in Maharashtra. In addition, 96% of the land required for the project in the Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli has been acquired.

Officials also said civil engineering contracts for the construction of 92 percent of the route – 325 km by 351 km and five stations – have been awarded to Gujarat and Dadra Nagar Haveli.

And construction work has also started in the area, employing around 2,200 people and 300 major machines. About 90 percent of the land has already been turned over to contractors for construction, according to the report.

More than 5,300 drawings related to various structures have been submitted by contractors to the NHSRCL, and a geotechnical survey has been completed at 785 locations and test pile casting has been completed at six locations, officials told the ‘Press Agency.

Currently, construction work is underway at 10 sites. Contract award for the remaining 8% of the route and the remaining 3 stations in Gujarat will be awarded by the end of this year and the works for the Sabarmati rolling stock depot will be awarded early next year.

The 237 km track construction works are also expected to be awarded by the last quarter of this year and the remaining track works in Gujarat by early next year.

Work in Maharashtra is limited to acquiring land and transferring public services, they said.

Officials said the main obstacle to being awarded the contract in the Maharashtra part of the alignment is the availability of land, as at least 80% of the land must be available before works can be awarded.

“The ongoing pandemic and the slow process of land acquisition in Maharashtra are negatively affecting the MAHSR (Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed ​​Rail) project. finalization of tender in Maharashtra state, ”an official said.

Vaishnaw took over the Ministry of Railways on July 8.

(With PTI entries)

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