Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav has said, “Till date 47 per cent of the land has been acquired for the 508-km long Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail project, and rest of the 53 per cent will be acquired in next six months.”
He said, that a total of 1,380-hectare land is required for the high-speed train project, out of which railways has acquired 479 hectares from the private persons and 119 hectares from government land.
Yadav also stressed that the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) will be able to complete the project before its deadline of December 2023. He said that the project will be completed in three phases and the first phase of 50 km stretch will be completed by August 2022.
According to NHSRCL official, the tender for design and construction of civil and building works, including testing and commissioning of 237 km length of mainline out of elevated 460 kms has been floated. The mainline also has one mountain tunnel of about 280 metre, 24 river crossings and 30 road and canal crossings. The bullet trains are expected to run at 350 km per hour covering the 508 km stretch in about two hours. In comparison, trains currently plying on the route take over seven hours to travel the distance, whereas flights take about an hour.