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Indian Railways

Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor (MAHSR), also known as Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR, is a high-speed rail line now under development that would link Ahmedabad, the main city in the state of Gujarat, with Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and India’s financial and commercial center. It will be India’s first high-speed rail line once it is finished.

History

  1. The 2009–2010 train Budget included the Mumbai–Ahmedabad line and five other high–speed train tracks for a feasibility study.
  2. A 650 km (400 mi) long high-speed rail corridor was proposed to run from Pune to Ahmedabad via Mumbai.
  3. The top speed expected for the corridor was set up to 350 km/h (220 mph)
  4. Lonavala on the Mumbai-Pune section and Surat, Bharuch, and Vadodara on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad line were among the proposed stations.
  5. 32 services were proposed to run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Also suggested was extending the corridor all the way to Bengaluru by railway officials.

On February 14, 2013, the Ministry of Railways and the French National Railways signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New Delhi for technical railroad cooperation.

In September 2013, India and Japan agreed to work together to conduct a feasibility study for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.This was in accordance with the Joint Statement made on May 29, 2013, by Shinz Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Manmohan Singh, then the Prime Minister of India, which said that the two countries will co-finance a feasibility study of the route. Preparing a feasibility report for the system operating at a speed of 300 to 350 km/h (190 to 220 mph) was the main goal of the collaborative project. India and Japan split the study’s $500 million price tag equally. The project performed alignment surveys, traffic forecasting, and a comparative analysis of high-speed railway systems and technologies.

Cost of the Project

The project will have a cost of 1.1 lakh crore (US$14 billion),[37] which includes import taxes, interest during construction, and the price of 24 trainsets. JICA agreed to finance 81% of the project’s total cost of 88,087 crore (equivalent to 1.2 trillion or US$15 billion in 2023) through a 50-year, 1.5 trillion Japanese Yen loan at an interest rate of 0.1% with a 15-year repayment moratorium. The state governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra will be responsible for the remaining cost. 20% of the parts used on the corridor will be manufactured in India and supplied by Japan.

To avoid acquiring land and the need to construct underpasses, the majority of the line will be built on an elevated route. By removing the need for level crossings, it will also increase safety. The choice to build an elevated line resulted in an increase in project costs of 10,000 crore (US$1.3 billion).

As of June 2019, the project had cost 3,226.8 crore (US$400 million), according to information provided to Parliament by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

By July 2022, the project’s expenditures had already reached 28,442 crore (US$3.6 billion), despite the fact that studies predicted a 48% cost increase to 1.6 lakh crore (US$20 billion) as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic and problems with land acquisition.

Project Status 2023

On July 2, the following milestones were reached:

  • 305.9 km of piles
  • 251.2 km of foundation
  • 208.9 km of piers, and
  • 69.3 km of viaducts.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSRC route map

FAQ’s

What is Piles?

Piling involves driving the piles deep into the ground.

What is piers and viaducts?

A viaduct is a particular kind of bridge that consists of a number of piers, arches, or columns supporting a length of elevated railway or road.

What is the status of Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor?

Route of the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train and recent updates
The project is now at 26% completion, and the Railway Ministry predicts a four-year delay.

How many stations are there between Ahmedabad and Mumbai on the bullet train?

With a top speed of 350 km/h, the high-speed train will travel the 508 km between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in less than three hours. The megaproject should be finished by 2026. There will be 12 stops in all, 4 in Gujarat and 8 in Maharashtra, for the bullet train project.

Construction video

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