Bullet train station work in Ahmedabad from August

The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) will finally award the contract for construction of the station-cum-elevated corridor at the Saraspur end of the Ahmedabad railway station by August this year.

Officials said the tenders are being scrutinized and the winner is likely to be decided by August this year. The officials said that once the tender is awarded, work on the station and elevated corridor will begin. The officials said the elevated corridor for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train will be on platforms number 11 and 12 of the current station.

Officials said the area below the elevated corridor will be used by the Railways for its train services.

Officials said NHSRCL has already begun the work of shifting utility lines. Officials said that as part of the shifting of utilities, the diesel pipeline at Ahmedabad railway station has also been relocated to make way for the high-speed rail station.

Officials said that work on the station at Kalupur along with that at Sabarmati will begin and the design has been approved. The Kalupur station will have integration of the metro (underground), railway station (ground level) and bullet train (elevated), while the Sabarmati station will have the railway and metro together.

The railway station building on the Saraspur side will be demolished to make way for the new building, from where travellers will be able to board trains of the railways, NHSRCL and the Ahmedabad metro. The station on the eastern side of the existing station will allow passengers to swiftly switch from one mode to another.

This building will have escalators and elevators and passenger facilities such as a booking office, passenger lounge, tea and coffee kiosks, among others. An NHSRCL official said the integrated building will provide connections to the existing Western Railway foot over-bridges to facilitate passenger movement to any platform of the Indian Railways. The station currently has12 platforms.

Officials said also that construction of various stretches has begun as the contract worth nearly Rs 25,000 crore for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project has already been awarded. The construction company had deployed people on the ground.

The NHRSCL has awarded work for 325km falling in Gujarat after the authorities made it clear to the railways to go ahead with the work in Gujarat and complete it rather than waiting for Maharashtra to get the required land.