The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor (MAHSR) is currently under construction to link the major cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad in India. Once completed, it will be the country’s first high-speed rail line, resulting in a considerable reduction in travel time between the two cities from 6 hours 35 minutes to just 1 hour 58 minutes.
The project is being implemented by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRCL), with the assistance of the Japanese government, at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.1 lakh crore. The bullet train is expected to serve 92,000 passengers per day by 2053. According to the Railway Ministry, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is 26% complete, which means that it may be delayed by four years from its original deadline of December 2023. The railway and telecom minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train service will be operational by August 2026.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train: Construction details
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor is set to feature 12 stations spanning a distance of 508 km across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The route will cover 155.76 km in Maharashtra, including 7.04 km in Mumbai suburban, 39.66 km in Thane, and 109.06 km in Palghar, while Gujarat will have a route length of 348.04 km, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli’s route will be 4.3 km long.
To build the project, a total of 1,396 hectares of land will be acquired, with 956 hectares in Gujarat, 8 hectares in Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and 432 hectares in Maharashtra.
The high-speed trains on this corridor will run on an elevated viaduct at a height of 10-15 meters from the ground, except for a 26-km stretch in Mumbai, which will be built underground using three mega Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM). With the exception of the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) station, all the stations will be located on an elevated route.
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